WMS Hosts Burlington Taiko Group

On Friday evening The White Mountain School Cultural Events Series hosted the Burlington Taiko Group, a Japanese drumming troupe from Vermont. Students and teachers were treated not only to an incredible performance, but also a hands-on drumming workshop!

The Burlington Taiko Group, founded in 1987 by Stuart Paton, brought an engaging afternoon workshop to campus as a warm-up to the evening’s performance. Roughly 30 students joined the workshop where, among other things, they learned the history of Taiko and the how the drums are made, how to stand and address the drum heads properly and how to perform some of the group’s compositions.

That evening The White Mountain School community joined for a formal dinner followed by a fascinating performance by Stuart and four of the group’s other members. In addition to the sounds of the drumming, we were treated to a display of dance and movement that was carefully choreographed and carried out by the drummers as they played each piece. The group also invited members of the audience to participate, so we got to see faculty children, students, and even more senior members of the local community join together through Taiko in the Great Hall. The performance ended with a traditional “lion dance.”

To view photos from Friday’s workshop and performance, click here.

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