BOOMTOWN: Michaela Buccholz,13, Kayla Channel, 12, Chloe Long, 14, Charmaine Brady, 14, Bradley Read, 12 and Kaitlyn Read, 14 from Toolooa State High rehearse on the Taiko drums.
BOOMTOWN: Michaela Buccholz,13, Kayla Channel, 12, Chloe Long, 14, Charmaine Brady, 14, Bradley Read, 12 and Kaitlyn Read, 14 from Toolooa State High rehearse on the Taiko drums. Christopher Chan GLADRUM

Sho-Ryu-Daiko sets the beat for zombies rising in Boomtown

CHARMAINE Brady, 14, summed up her Taiko drumming group's music perfectly in one word, "powerful".

The group of 10 drummers, Sho-Ryu-Daiko, is made up of a mix of students and teachers from Toolooa State High School and is often asked to perform opening pieces for events.

Teacher Greg Hale, who used to live in Japan, said many of the songs the group performs come from his time with a Taiko drumming group over there.

The group is busy practising a piece, written by Mr Hale, for their performance as part of the Queensland Music Festival production of Boomtown in July.

Boomtown managing director Marguerite Pepper said Sho-Ryu-Daiko would play in the industry scene with the zombies as they rise up.

"It speaks to something primitive," Mr Hale said.

Ms Pepper was at rehearsal this week with Boomtown composer Scott Saunders.



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