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Kaboom! finds its niche

Tuesday, December 30, 2003


Dave Howard was a gifted, prolific drummer with an inner drive that would not let him abandon his talents after he graduated from Northview High School.

With several drummer friends he'd met from Kentucky, Howard developed a routine in industrial drumming, rhythmic percussion sounds using everyday household items, calling the group Kaboom.

In 2000, Howard and one of his friends auditioned for the Broadway show "STOMP" in San Francisco. When told they may hear from the production company anywhere from two to three days to two to three years, Howard thought that was the end of it.

In 2002, however, he got the call from "STOMP". They were going to start a new cast in Boston and asked if he would like to come and perform.

"At that point in my life I had a lot of financial responsibilities," Howard said. "With a wife and house and two cars, I couldn't just pick up and move for the amount of money they paid. So I had to turn them down."

But Howard still wanted to perform and wanted to find an outlet for his creative energies that he could do on his own.

"While 'STOMP' is a very popular show on Broadway, they do not ever do any performances for private parties," Howard said. "We saw that niche in the market and decided to focus our energy there."

That's when he and his Kentucky friends started their own production company, Kaboom Entertainment Group.

They're content with a part-time musical career for now, because they want the security of a steady income from their lucrative regular jobs. As the top salesman in his company, Howard gets the time he needs to continue his Kaboom activities.

Howard started searching the Internet for places to perform. He found a lady in Zurich, Switzerland looking for an industrial drumming show for the Coca-Cola Company.

"We were hired and on March 14, were flown to Switzerland, got to tour the Alps then spent five days in Zurich," Howard said. "It was for the Annual Coca-Cola Light, Man of the Year 2003. It was held in Kafleuten, the biggest and most popular night club in Switzerland."

Their performance turned out to be one of the most popular shows of the evening. Through Coca-Cola and networking, Kaboom Entertainment Group has accepted offers from a hotel chain in Switzerland and the Phillip Morris Company in Switzerland wants them to do four or five shows next year.

The British Broadcasting Company, BBC, has contracted them to do a first year anniversary event for the biggest radio station in Ecuador. And they are going back to Zurich for Coca-Cola in March, 2004.

"When we got back in the states, I wanted to find us some business to do here locally,' Howard explained. "I'm a huge Colts fan. I knew their outside entertainment was lacking. So I called their events department and shared my ideas."

The Colts hired them starting with the 2nd home game this year. They perform ON TAP at the home games, if weather allows. They've done all of them except the Dec. 21st game with Denver. They've also been contracted for next year to play for the Cincinnati Bengals at all of their home games that don't conflict with the Colts games.

The Colts beat Houston Sunday to clinch the AFC South Championship. That victory allows them to face Denver, for the first round of the playoffs, at home in the RCA Dome this Sunday. Weather permitting, Howard and his group will be at 12th man alley playing away for the Colts fans' entertainment.

"This gives me a vehicle to keep performing and doing what I love to do which is creating concepts, performing them and entertaining the people," Howard said. "It's a lot of fun."

Anyone interested in securing their services of the Kaboom Entertainment Group may contact Howard at 317-946-2153 or visit them online at www.kaboomentertainment.com.


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