Founding member, Mary, lived in Japan for 15 years, but developed her passion for Taiko several years after her return to the UK. She is currently a Japanese language teacher at York St John University and also runs the York Japan Society.
Founding member, Sarah, has been a keen Taiko player from the start. Her skills as a GP are always good to have at hand in the rare event of any injuries.
Chris joined in 2010 and as well as being a key player, has also started teaching informal classes in Sadberge near Darlington, which has resulted in his own group, Yodaiko.
Tony joined in 2009 and quickly developed his Taiko skills to become an essential member of the group. He is dedicated, determined and full of creative ideas.
Founding member Steve's background is in African drumming (Djembe) both as a performer and teacher.
With his wealth of experience with rhythms and percussion, he was quick to turn his hand to Taiko. It has become the core of the activities he now undertakes to help with a recent diagnosis of Parkinson's.
Sarah has been playing Taiko for 4 years and became a member of Kaminari in 2018. As well as being a keen drummer, she is an
accomplished singer and her musicality is valuable to the group.
John also joined the group in 2018, having first discovered Taiko in 2014. He brings energy and a critical eye to group compositions.