Hi, I'm Chaiya.
Music is a never ending world of questions, culture, expression, and emotion. It heals and defines the way I perceive the world.
I grew up in Washington State, all of my youth years spent deep in the forest growing up in a small town that was just close enough to the city to experience and work there, but far enough to be away from civilization if I wanted to. My years and curiosity in music and nature inform my perception of the world. I find so much intrigue in contrast, extremes, and different ways of being and thinking.
Playing music, singing, reading, cooking, learning new languages, and walking ground me in this world--and all of those things ground me in my communities too. I strive to see connection in all things, and there has been nothing that I’ve experienced yet that connects more than the vibrations of music and culture.
Chaiya D. Odle is a percussionist, educator, and composer born and raised in Washington State, but recently moved to the LA area to continue her career and be close to her friends and loved ones in California. She grew up with a diverse set of experiences and training in multiple genres, such as orchestral, jazz, and marching percussion. She currently composes and teaches at Temple City HS, teaches at South Hills HS, and at the Opus Music School. In the past, she taught percussion ensembles at multiple high schools and middle schools in the Pacific Northwest, and at Pacific Crest in 2022. She also runs a private online studio of percussion lessons and freelance composition and arrangement projects.
In the symphonic world, Chaiya has performed as a soloist with the South Sound Symphonic Band, the principal timpanist of the Central Washington Symphony Orchestra, and as a section member with the Central Washington Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, and Symphonic Band. She has performed with percussion ensembles at Pacific Lutheran University, Central Washington University, and her greatest passion has been performing in a marimba duo with her brother, Bobby Odle, creating arrangements of many romantic and impressionistic piano works by Chopin and Debussy. In her youth, she performed as principal percussionist in the Western International Band Clinic and as a section member for all of the other three years, in addition to being in the All Northwest Honor Band and Orchestra, and going to WMEA Solo and Ensemble State competitions all four years she was eligible.
In the marching world, her performance experience includes both front ensemble and battery percussion at Eruption Indoor (‘16-17), IMPACT Percussion (‘18-20), CWU Marching Band(‘17-20), Vessel Percussion(‘21), Broken City Percussion(‘22), Columbians Drum and Bugle Corps(‘18,20), and Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps(‘19).
Chaiya studied percussion performance privately with Dr. Miho Takekawa, Storm Benjamin, and Mark Goodenberger over nine years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music in 2022 with a Minor in Sociology.