Taiko means drum in Japanese.
In ancient Japan the drum was played to drive away evil spirits and pests harmful to crops and then in thanks for a successful crop.
Drums were used in warfare to inspire troops, and as a kind of a code to transmit orders or messages. In battle, the drummer was an important part of keeping the troops advised and enthused.
Learning Taiko has proved to be a mental and physical challenge and workout. Your whole body becomes involved and finding the balance and coordination and concentration is an interesting test of blending all these elements together.
I have taken 2 classes now with Marc Steuben who is a member of Taiko with Toni – Toni is the leader of the parent taiko group.. I find him very encouraging, he really likes to have fun! Although I am certain I am a klutz he is supportive and diplomatic in his corrections.
If you are interested in Taiko classes please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ll keep you posted on my progress. The group is Taiko with Toni and regularly performs and upcoming performances will be posted here also!