Chip Staples has been a drummer for near-on 15 years, playing in Middle-Eastern, Balkan, Tahitian, and West African styles. He has been a member of the Turko-Balkan band Balkanize!, the folkloric fusion bellydance troupe Fata Morgana, and the Tahitian dance troupe Mou’a Vahine. He has performed and taught around Virginia, at the Virginia Renaissance Faire and the New Jersey Renaissance Faire, and at various Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) events including the Pennsic War.