Brad Kaiser

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Brad Kaiser
Place of birth: United States
Employment history:
Role(s): Musician[1], Composer[1]

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Brad Kaiser is an American drummer and composer, and former Sega of America musician.[1] First hired by Sega of America in the 1990s, he provided drums for a number of the company's first and third-party games, including Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin, Sonic the Hedgehog CD, and Wild Woody, among others. He departed Sega sometime later in the decade, and currently teaches music in the San Francisco Bay Area.[2]


Brad Kaiser began learning rudimentary snare drum at age 10, and quickly expanded his studies to include the drum set, timpani, marimba and hand percussion. In his early teens, he played in youth orchestras and percussion ensembles, where he gained valuable experience performing on all instruments in the percussion family, and additionally trained under the principal timpanist of the San Diego Symphony. By age 16, Kaiser was granted the drum chair in the San Diego State College big band, and was also regularly performing in cover bands for weddings and other events.[3]

He eventually began getting calls for recording sessions to play on song demos and local radio jingles, which led to an opportunity to play on a national radio ad - something Kaiser attributes to being instrumental in launching his professional career. By his early 20s, he was making regular trips to Los Angeles for work, and had logged thousands of hours in the studio recording radio jingles for major ad campaigns, TV shows, albums, and film scores.[3]

Brad later moved to the San Francisco Bay Area sometime in the 1990s, where he was hired by Sega of America as a video game musician and occasional composer. During his time in the city, he recorded with such diverse artists as Rick Derringer and the progressive rock band Magellan. Following his time with Sega, Kaiser found himself composing and performing as a musician in international tours, most notably performing in China as timpanist with the American Philharmonic.[3] He currently serves as a drum teacher in his Palo Alto-based studio BKdrummer[4], and also coaches the Jordan Middle School and Palo Alto High School percussion sections.[2]

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