July 4th always brings many visitors up to Windham, eager and excited to take part in the many community events. This year was no different. Playing to a full house, the July 4th OMNY Taiko Drum concert proved to be a major attraction for residents and tourists alike. Led by Emmy award winner Koji Nakamura, the 17 member troop performed for 90 minutes at the Windham Civic Center. “It was an exhilarating performance,” said Phyllis Parrish, Windham Foundation Board Member. “We are thrilled to support the performing arts in our Town.”
For four consecutive years now, the Windham Foundation has sponsored the free community concert. With sticks twirling and toes tapping, hearts beat as one much like the group who formed OMNY 10 years ago. One miracle in New York grew out of the Japanese Shumei art and beauty initiatives to engage youth in New York City. Of the 17 drummers in the group was Windham’s very own, Subaru Honge. Honge has performed with the Taiko drummers for five years as a dedicated member attending frequent practices in NYC and performing solos at concerts. While he has made the most of his time with the group this past concert may be one of his last. When asked about his future with the group he was unsure. “It might be my last year with them. It all depends on where I attend college,” said the rising senior at Windham Ashland Jewett. So until next year, we await with smiles and high hopes of seeing Subaru and another glorious July 4th celebration in Windham.
The Windham Foundation is a 501©3 not-for profit organization, governed by a volunteer, non-paid Board of Directors. Please visit www.windhamfoundation.com or call 518-734-9636 for information or to donate to this and other programs supported by the Windham Foundation.