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SOUTHERN INDIANA TAIKO PERFORMANCE GROUP
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 is the only all-female taiko performance group in the Midwest and has performed for Eli Lilly, Cummins Inc., Mill Race Marathon, Indianapolis International Fest, Columbus Ethnic Expo, Seymour Oktoberfest, at PRIDE festivals, many public libraries and schools, and other private events and venues throughout Indiana and surrounding states.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on facebook to stay up to date on upcoming classes and performances!
Gail is a 2006 founding member, director, choreographer, costume designer, drum builder, and co-owner of the Southern Indiana Taiko LLC drum studio. She is a retired high school physics teacher. Her hobbies include biking, hiking, kayaking, swimming, sewing, and ballroom dancing.
Therese became a member of the performance group in 2016. She serves as Executive Director at Advocates for Children in Columbus, IN. She enjoys spending time with her first grandbaby, wine tasting, seeing live music with friends, her book group, and snorkeling.
LORI, Stage Director
Lori is a 2006 founding member and staging director for the Southern Indiana Taiko performance group. She is a mentor to the other performers, and loves learning new styles of drumming and the challenge of new pieces. Lori is a mental health counselor.
Karin has been drumming with the group since 2018 and is our newest member. She has a great attitude and brings a lot of fun energy to the group! Karin is a teaching assistant for children with learning disabilities. She enjoys running, auto racing, world travel, spending time with family, and playing with her little beagle, Copper.
TINA, Marketing Director
Tina joined the performance group in 2015. She is the marketing director, assistant instructor, and co-owner of the Southern Indiana Taiko LLC drum studio. She enjoys camping, hiking, and kayaking with her family.
Alex joined the performance group in 2020 and loves how empowering and fun Taiko drumming is! Alex is the Education Manager at kidscommons in Columbus. She likes to hike, travel, and spend time with her family.