Southern Indiana Taiko, previously known as Rhythm Conspiracy, was founded in 2006 by Mary Quantrall, a world drummer, dancer and soul-seeker. Upon her retirement in 2009, she donated all of her African and middle eastern drums to one of her students, current director Gail Nowels.


Under Nowels leadership, the group has evolved from a recreational group studying "world drumming", to a full-time Taiko performance group. They have built their own Taiko drums out of re-purposed whiskey barrels and Nowels designs and constructs their costumes.  The group attends Taiko workshops throughout the United States to continue to refine their skills and connect with other Taiko enthusiasts around the world.  They are one of only two Taiko groups in Indiana, and perform at festivals, fairs, corporate events and private parties. The group has performed for Eli Lilly, Cummins Inc., Johnson County Public Library, Indianapolis International Fest, Columbus Ethnic Expo, Seymour Oktoberfest, and other events throughout Indiana.

If you are interested in taking beginning Taiko lessons, scheduling a fun, team-building workshop for your employees, or booking Southern Indiana Taiko to perform at your special event, contact Gail at (812) 581-0130 or email at sitcolumbus@gmail.com.

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