HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - The Huntsville Drumline Percussion and Performing Arts Center welcomed a few special guests Tuesday.
San Jose Taiko members shared their Japanese-inspired drumming style with a group of middle school drummers in a workshop during a visit coordinated by the Broadway Theatre League. The troop is in town to perform at the 36th Annual United Negro College Fund Gala Thursday. Watch video of the workshop here.
"Wherever we tour, it's a rare time when we get to see people sharing that kind of energy. It makes us feel good about what we're doing," said Franco Imperial, the group's artistic director. "We got as much out it hopefully as they did."
Drumline section leaders Cameron Robinson and Dominic Cade appreciated learning about Japanese culture through percussion and were both in awe of the group's musical technique.
"There's something universal about drumming whether it be drumline or Taiko and that universal energy is there," Imperial said.
Both groups traded performances, finding that they equally value showmanship even though they express themselves differently with their drums.
"For them to see that there's a whole other style of drumming that is basically just as interesting as what we do, I think that's really good for them." Drumline Instructor Frederick Walker said.