Drum master visits East Millbrook Middle

Posted October 6, 2008 8:57 a.m. EDT

— Taiko drum master Takuni Kato will demonstrate his technique and discuss the connections between music and culture in Japan at East Millbrook International Baccalaureate /Creative Arts Magnet Middle School on Oct. 8.

East Millbrook Magnet Middle School is the only middle school in the country with both a full, authentic African Drum Ensemble and Japanese Taiko Ensemble. The groups offer students a hands-on connection to the cultures they are studying.

The 16 members of the school's Taiko Drum Ensemble will work with Kato during his visit to the school. Kato is the “Odaiko” winner at the Tokyo International Taiko Contest 2008, and a respected master of the Taiko drum.