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Kaboom! Band making waves

Monday, December 29, 2003

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Kaboom! It's not just the sound of something exploding. It's also the name of an entertaining group who makes explosive sounds during their shows doing industrial drumming percussion work.

Kaboom Entertainment Group is managed by Dave Howard, formerly from Brazil. This year, the troupe has been doing pre-game performances for the Indianapolis Colts at 12th Man Alley on the South Street entrance to the RCA Dome tunnel. They will also perform, weather permitting, for the first game of the playoffs at Indianapolis.

"Industrial drumming is not new," Howard said. "It's been around for over a hundred years. It's not melodic. It's more about rhythmic sounds using everyday household items."

According to Howard, thecompany offers two distinct styles of industrial drumming: "Kaboom!" and "On Tap." "Kaboom!" is more of a stage show. Played on odd household things like trash cans, poles, brooms and anything else they find. It involves a lot of acting and lighting with a lot of choreographed movement. Crowd interaction plays a big part.

"On Tap" is more about the beat, sound and rhythm. It consists of three to five drummers playing on beer kegs, RubbermaidĀ® storage bins, five-gallon buckets and a couple more traditional percussion instruments. The performers sit in their chairs and play.

Besides the Colts, Kaboom Entertainment Group has been contracted to perform internationally. Howard, the group's administrator and co-writer, said they've traveled a lot of miles to get where they are.

Howard, the son of Garry and Mona Howard, has played drums for 15 years. The 1998 Northview High School graduate was a member of the percussion section for the Northview Knights which took first place at state competition in Howard's freshman year.

While attending Indiana State University, he taught several high school band drum sections including those at Northview, Vincennes Lincoln, Avon and Center Grove.

During the summer of 1999, while performing at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio, Howard befriended three other drummers who would become part of Kaboom. Brandon Judd, Andrew Oliver and Jeremiah Fowler all hail from Lexington, Ky.

In 2000, Howard and Kaboom-mate, Brandon Judd, auditioned for the Broadway show, "Stomp" in San Francisco.

"The audition lasted a week," Howard explained. "Out of 1,400 people, we made it to the final call-back list of 30. We thought we'd made it in the show.

"It was kind of disheartening. We were all told we may get called within the next two or three days or it could be two or three years. The 'Stomp' show is very physical and has a high turnover rate due to injuries."

Howard came back to Indiana assuming he'd not hear from Broadway again. He took a job with Faerber's BEE Window, Inc. in Indianapolis as a sales consultant and sales trainer.

He married his high school sweetheart, Kelly Calabrese, and they now have a 13-month-old daughter, Hailey. Howard laid the drum sticks down for a while, but he couldn't stop the rhythm in his mind.

Tomorrow: The beat goes on.

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