Subha Das is a professional percussionist/music educator in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended the Duquesne University School of Music from 1994-1999, and graduated with a Bachelor's of Music in Percussion Performance. During his tenure at Duquesne, Subha was fortunate to study orchestral percussion with Gerry Unger (former member, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra) and Stanley Leonard (former timpanist, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra). As part of the well-rounded education he received, Subha also studied jazz with the legendary Dr. John Wilson, Mike Tomaro, Lenny Rodgers and Jay Ashby (Paul Simon). For a brief period in 1996, he was able to study world percussion with Rolando Morales (Disney's Lion King on Broadway). Some highlights from music school were performances with Mike Stern, The New York Voices, and Michael Abene (GRP Big Band arranger), and being awarded outstanding soloist at the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival in 1999.
Since graduating, Mr. Das has built a very successful career for himself, being one of the most in-demand percussionists and private instructors in the Pittsburgh area. In 1998, he joined the staff of the award-winning Mount Lebanon Percussion program, where he holds the title of principal assistant director.
Aside from teaching, Subha maintains an active performance schedule in a variety of settings:
- Drummer/Founding Member of the Olga Watkins Band. This was a Soul/Blues/R&B Quartet led by an amazing singer. The band performed and recorded from 2003 to 2021. http://olgawatkinsband.com
- Steel City Calypso uses the distinctive sound of the steel drums to draw audiences into a compelling mix of Caribbean jazz and global fusionmusic. https://www.steelcitycalypso.com
- Pit percussionist for musical theatre/cabaret productions in Pittsburgh’s Theatre District.
- Freelance drummer/percussionist with several talented artists in the Pittsburgh area.
In addition, Subha is and will always remain a student of his instrument. Over the years he has been fortunate to study drum set with Steve Rucker (Bee Gees) at the University of Miami, Brazilian percussion with Marcus Santos and has worked with many amazing percussionists in Salvador, Bahia, such as Gabi Guedes and Bira Santos.
In 2019, Subha was named an educational artist for Remo Percussion.