HOU Yu-Tsung (HOU You-Zong) was born in Sanhe, Hebei Province, China on the 24th day of the fifth month on the lunar calendar in 1909. Ho is often called the “King of Drums” in Taiwan because he was one of the most outstanding percussionists performing Beijing opera. He died on March 15, 1992. Early in his career, he was active in Tianjin, Beijing and Shanghai, and moved to Taiwan in 1949. Ho played the clapper drum in the Taiwan Army LuGuang Troupe for three decades and taught at Chinese Culture University, Taipei National University of the Arts and the National Guoguang Opera Academy. He was a winner of the 1st National Folk Art Heritage Awards in 1985 and was elected as one of the 1st National Important Folk Artists in 1989.