Kaboom Percussion

Kaboom Percussion was founded by Catherine Betts and Joshua Webster in 2014 and since then the duo has taken the world by storm with their own unique, original and enormously successful repertoire.

Their popular education programs have been extremely well received and they have performed their highly sought-after School Shows to more than 70,000 students across Australia and New Zealand. This huge demand has made Kaboom a full-time job for Cat and Josh.

At its core, the Kaboom team are passionate about harnessing the fun side of music, showing the world that music can be played with even the simplest of objects. Sparked by their popular version of the Cup Song, this approach has seen the growth of their YouTube channel to more than 325,000 subscribers, with their popular videos being viewed more than 85 million times.

They are active in a number of different areas including: performances, recordings, touring, composition, commissions, workshops, school residencies, education programs, self-publishing, radio and TV appearances, and YouTube. They regularly attend and present at education conferences including: ASME WA Summer School 2015 - 2020 (Perth), MENZA National Conference 2017 (Wellington), ASME National Conference 2017 & 2019 (Melbourne & Perth), Kodály National Conference 2018 (Perth), ISME Conference 2018 (Azerbaijan), ONZA WA Professional Development Sessions 2018 & 2019 (Perth), Teaching Artists Conference 2019 (Italy), and the Orff National Conference 2020 (Melbourne).

In 2021 the Kaboom team is expanding with the addition of the highly talented percussionists Grace Kruger, Laura Harris, Lochie Dormer, and Nathan Gatenby. Kaboom will now have three permanent school show teams based in Perth, Melbourne, and Brisbane, allowing for an even greater flexibility in booking and allowing them to reach even more students. You can meet the team below.

The Kaboom Team

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Catherine Betts

Founder & Performer WA/TAS/NZ

Kaboom Percussion Co-Founder Catherine Betts holds a Bachelor of Music (1st Class Honours) and a Master of Music degree, both from the University of Western Australia.

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Nathan Gatenby

Performer VIC/SA

Nathan Gatenby is a Melbourne based percussionist and educator who holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Queensland Conservatorium and is currently studying at ANAM.

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Joshua Webster

Founder & Performer WA/TAS/NZ

Kaboom Percussion Co-Founder Joshua Webster holds a Bachelor of Music (1st Class Honours) and Master of Music from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

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Grace Kruger

Performer QLD/NSW/ACT

Grace Kruger is a Brisbane based percussionist and educator who completed her Bachelor of Music (performance) degree at the Queensland Conservatorium in 2020.

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Laura Harris

Performer VIC/SA

Laura Harris is a percussionist and educator based in Melbourne who completed her Bachelor of Music with honours in 2017 at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

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Lochie Dormer

Performer QLD/NSW/ACT

Lochie Dormer is a Brisbane based percussionist and drummer currently in his fourth year studying a Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

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