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

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 marc@marcsteuben.com

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!