Bara Bara Practice Taiko Routine

Back to Taiko!

It was great to see the group and play the drum today.

This is the new song by Taiko With Toni!  The instructor Marc Steuben is playing it at a slightly slower pace as the group learns it.

Yikes!  It is hard enough playing with the drum right in front of you and now they are learning to play it on its side and traveling.

The next festival is the Cherry Blossom Festival.  This group is motivated and works hard learning new material but they are always having fun!


Taiko with Toni 2015 Hina Matsuri Festival opening set and introduction



Always a favorite at Denver Festivals, Taiko With Toni performed at the recent Hina Matsuri Festival.

I am excited as I have just started studying with this group.  Thank goodness I am the amateur videographer and won’t be performing!

Marc Steuben’s Taiko Drum Update

Hi everyone – thanks to all your work, we have two new drum heads! Photo
is attached. These are dry now, so all I need to do for the heads is do
some lacing and drill the rope holes. We have the body, but it will need
some work too, so maybe in a couple of weeks or so I’ll bring everything
to class and we’ll put it together (much easier than making the heads)

See you all this Saturday at 9:30 for regular class. We’ll keep working on
up Matsuri and Renshu rounds.


drum heads dried

Marc Steuben Makes a Taiko Drum! Part 1


Marc Steuben is teaching his students the art of making a Taiko drum.image

His first task is to find a suitable drum, here he’s using a Western drum which will be quite different when he’s completed the project.  The outside of the drum will be covered with wood slats or a wood finish.

He soaks cowhide in water overnight and stretches it over special made metal rings.



He teaches the students the correct tension for the wet leather and as it dries it will shrink making the perfect drum head.




Here is one of the drum heads and you can see the brand on the hide.





Mark has devised a special stretcher for his drum heads.







Note how he carefully uses a water bottle as a level to make sure he gets the tension even around the entire surface.  😄 he actually forgot his level and was improvising quite clever!




He then drills 10 or 12 holes around the edges and puts a screw through both top and bottom to further hold the leather in place as it dries.

Done for the day.  To be continued……….