B i o g r a p h y
Casey D'Sola is a percussionist, educator, and composer residing in Raleigh, North Carolina. As a freelance percussionist, Casey performs with the North Carolina, Virginia, Richmond, and Charlotte Symphonies, North Carolina Theatre, Theatre Raleigh, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, North Carolina Brass Band, and various other regional symphonies, brass bands, and theater companies in the Southeast. Additionally, Casey performed aboard the Norwegian Getaway cruise ship as Fluke in the Tony Award-Winning Broadway Production, Million Dollar Quartet.
Casey has performed extensively both nationally and internationally at various conferences and festivals, most notably the McCormick Marimba Festival, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and the Taipei World Percussion Championships. Casey won the 2019 Taiwan Percussion Arts Alliance Solo Competition, placed second in the 2018 NABBA Percussion Solo Competition, and placed second in the 2019 Taipei World Percussion Championships Solo Marimba Competition; winning the Silver Medal. Additionally, Casey was a member of the 2021 International Marimba Orchestra, performing showcase concerts at both Kutztown University and PASIC.
An advocate for quality percussion education, Casey co-founded the North Carolina Percussion Symposium; a weekend event designed to connect high school and collegiate percussion students with some of the very best professional percussionists in the field. A few of the past guest artists include Mark Ford, Paul Rennick, Matt Penland, Casey Cangelosi, and She-e Wu. Casey authored, A Guide for the Modern Percussionist, a comprehensive percussion method resource for students grades 6-12. His book is published by Eastern Hill Music.
Casey is currently the percussion instructor at both the Ravenscroft School and the William G. Enloe Arts Magnet High School in Raleigh. He has remained active within the BOA, DCI, and WGI circuits as a front ensemble educator and arranger; working with Equinox Percussion, Alchemy Percussion, Campbell University, Green Level High School, Enloe High School, Green Hope High School, and 7th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. In addition to his marching arts positions, Casey serves as the director of the Triangle Youth Percussion Ensemble.
Casey earned a B.M. in percussion performance from James Madison University, studying with C. William Rice, Dr. Michael Overman, and Marlon Foster. Casey is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and an artist endorser for Artifact Percussion, Dynasty/Titan Percussion, and Sabian Cymbals.