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Kuntal Shah

Percussion Education Consultant

Kuntal grew up in Cary, NC, studying percussion with Eric Okamoto, Tom Hauschild, and Wayne Viar. Kuntal continued to study with Lynn Glassock and Matt Savage at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he earned his Bachelor of Music in percussion performance. Kuntal is the Percussion Director & Arranger at Enloe High School, battery staff for Green Hope High School, and now the Battery Caption Head & Arranger for Alchemy Independent. Kuntal’s students have gone on to achieve success in many college programs and world-class DCI & WGI groups.

While at UNC-CH, Kuntal performed as the principal percussionist with the UNC Symphony Orchestra, a featured soloist for the UNC Percussion Ensemble, Percussion Captain of the Marching Tar Heels for three years, and was awarded the UNC Bands’ Director’s Award in 2012. In 2013, Kuntal continued to serve as the Assistant Instructor of the UNC Drumline under Matt Savage.

Kuntal marched snare for Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps in 2010 under the direction of the legendary Jim Mason. As a Madison Scout, he was honored to learn from Thom Hannum, Nick Angelis, and Brian Perez, along with many others. Kuntal was privileged to perform with the 75th Anniversary Corps of Brothers in the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade

Kuntal has also been the lead drummer for the Natkhat Indian Cultural Group since 2007 and is a founder and owner of Carolina Indian Arts.

Kuntal currently works in the clinical research research in the Triangle area and continues to teach at Enloe, Green Hope, and Alchemy Independent.

Kuntal is proudly endorsed by Dynasty USA, Sabian Cymbals, Beetle Percussion, and is an Evans Drumheads educator.