Jim Kassis (percussion) moved to California in 1985 from Boise, Idaho to study percussion with Tony Cirone at San Jose State University. He maintains an active performing career with the Monterey Symphony, San Jose Symphony, New Music Works, Cabrillo Music Festival, Opera San Jose, and Tin Hat Trio, as well as with Will Bernard and Gene Harris. He has recorded with performance artist Rinde Eckert, Indian singer Shweta Javeri, and clarinetist Beth Custer. He teaches percussion at Santa Clara University and at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View.

[from program for September 20, 2007 concert]