Shigeyuki Wakabayashi was born in Iwate, Japan, in 1972. He joined Shinji Shumeikai in 1993. As a member of the Shumei Taiko Ensemble, he has become a skilled performer on the o-daiko and chu-daiko. His pet hobby is making small bamboo objects. He also enjoys automobile touring and craftwork.

"I became aware that my desire to perform taiko, which I had not given much thought to over the years, had been steadily growing inside me. Finally realizing this, I decided that my best bet was to devote myself to taiko. I like its sound; it seems to fit my character. So, I made an application to the Ensemble and here I am today."

Shigeyuki Wakabayashi

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