Camelback drummer creates public show while hiking

While many in the Valley of the Sun have seen the Camelback Mountain Christmas tree, some may not know about the Camelback drummer.

A TV helicopter caught the drummer’s performance during sunrise on a recent morning.

Ken Koshio takes his music all the way to the top. He is a Taiko performer and an expert in the Japanese style of drumming.

Koshio said he hikes to the top of Camelback Mountain in the heart of Phoenix, AZ almost every day, but on this morning he decided to take his drum with him.

When the helicopter was overhead, he said he couldn’t help but put on a show.

Back in his studio, Koshio is happy to play and willing to teach—he said it’s a loud hobby and a good workout.

Koshio’s hikes are his way of conditioning for a big show that he has coming up next month.

“Physically, mentally, I need to discipline,” Koshio said.

He said that his public concert on Camelback Mountain was just a small sampling of his craft.

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