Students play to the beat of their drums from Rosny to Japan

A GROUP of students will pick up their drumsticks and travel to the other side of the world after being granted a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit Japan.

The Springboard Taiko Drummers from Rosny College were specially invited after performing in front of a master Taiko drummer last year.

Springboard is a program at the college designed to support the learning, social and emotional needs of students with disability.

Co-ordinator Andrew Short said it would be an “incredible way” to build their confidence.

“It’s an amazing opportunity to see another culture and its sights, smells and sounds that many of us have not even experienced,” Mr Short said.

“It’s preparing them to live, and there’s no better experience than travel.

“If they can do this, they can do anything.”

During their visit to Japan the students will attend a Taiko masterclass and concert, visit a school, play at Hobart’s sister city Yaizu, catch the bullet train and go to Disneyland.

The group are in the process of raising $60,000 to cover the costs of the trip.

They are seeking government funding but hope to raise $10,000 of their own money.

They have raised money through raffles, sausage sizzles and public performances.

Mr Short said Taiko drums have been “invaluable” for the students.

“Taiko is a way of expressing themselves in a group setting,” he said.

“The kids play with a smile on their face and at the end of every session the leave on a drummer’s high.”

Caption: Taiko drummers, from left, Jordan Delaney, 17, Bryce Rogers, 18, and Jagade Roland, 18.

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