Mary Murata 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 a Japanese lecturer at York St John University and runs the York Japan Society.
Sarah Schallamach Founding member. When not playing Taiko, Sarah works as a GP. She is always on hand for any flying-bachi-related incidents during practice.
Tony Jacques Tony joined in 2009 and rapidly honed his Taiko skills. As well as being a creative force, he is our stage manager and never happier than when wielding a clipboard
Chris Wright Chris joined in 2010. As well as playing drums and Japanese flute with Kaminari, he also facilitates Taiko in Teesdale and the Esk Valley with his group Yodaiko.
Sarah Tilston Sarah joined in 2018 She is a keen drummer, an accomplished singer and knows her way round a sewing machine-handy for running up those all-important bachi holders
John Hughes John joined the group in 2018. He brings energy and a critical eye to group compositions. An interest in Japanese folklore and Sumo are among just some of his other pastimes.
Tracy Evans Tracy joined in 2021. A former kit drummer, she enjoys the expressive elements of Taiko as well as the challenges of traditional pieces such as Miyake and Yatai.
Steve Hill 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. Following a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease he has retired from performance.