Kassis, James

Kassis, James

Education and Background

Jim Kassis, a percussionist, received his BA in Music from San Jose State University. He has studied under Tony Cirone, Jack VanGeem, and Alfred Kanwisher.

Jim has taught privately and at the National Guitar Workshop and Soundsation Jazz Camp. Jim has extensive Bay Area ensemble experience, performing with the CA, San Jose, San Francisco, Monterey, and Santa Cruz Symphonies; Opera San Jose; the California Shakespeare Festival; the American Musical Theatre of San Jose; Gene Harris; and the Cabrillo Music Festival.

Jim teaches drums and percussion at CSMA, where he has been a member of the Music Faculty since 1992.

Teaching Philosophy and Approach

Jim’s philosophy is that playing music is all about having a good time - unless you don’t practice. And the more you practice, the more fun you will have!