Jim Casella is a composer and music publisher. He is best known for the music he’s created for percussion ensembles and the world-class drum corps Vanguard (Santa Clara, CA) and Cavaliers (Rosemont, IL). The company he co-founded, Tapspace, is one of the leading publishers of percussion music in the world. You might also be familiar with the software sample library he created called Virtual Drumline.

Jim’s signature series of drumsticks and keyboard mallets are manufactured by Innovative Percussion and are popular worldwide. He serves on the board of advisors for the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), the world’s largest percussion organization.

In addition to his work in the percussion industry, Jim composes music for film and commercials. He lives in Portland, Oregon. 


  • Tapspace - Casella's publishing company, specializing in creative percussion materials for music educators.
  • Virtual Drumline - Percussion sample library produced and programmed by Casella

  • Fez Fatale - Original Portland group in which Casella played drums.