One World Taiko

Program Level: K-12
Type: Multi-Cultural; Geography; Music
Price: Call 800-255-0084

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One World Taiko

Taiko means “drum” in Japanese and One World Taiko is a professional Japanese drum ensemble that captivates audiences of all ages with their heart pounding beats, dynamic movement and rhythmic grooves. One World Taiko’s music is drawn from Japan’s tradition of lively festival drumming along with their own creative rhythms, arrangements and choreography, adding their energetic spirit to the ancient art of Taiko.

They perform on drums ranging from the large odaiko, 4 feet by 2.5 feet, to the shimedaiko, the size of a snare drum. Their school performances feature traditional and original compositions interwoven with descriptions of the drums and other instruments and the history of Taiko. During a lively interactive section on how to play, a group of students are invited up to play the Taiko drums.

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One World Taiko

Gary and Nancy are outstanding! Not only did they perform incredibly, but they took time to involve the audience and taught as they went along.

Tim Havican, Principal - Medford, WI

The students all gave this performance a huge THUMBS UP! They said it was awesome and the best assembly we have had! Thank you.

Kristie Olson, Teacher - Clinton, MN

I was happy at how interactive the show was. The presenters were friendly and good with all of our students and more importantly they knew their audience (the different grade levels). The students were not only entertained by the drums, but they were taught some Japanese words as well some facets of Japanese culture and traditions.

Guillermo Ramos, Principal - San Jose, CA

I appreciated the professionalism of Gary Tsujimoto and Nancy Ozaki every step of the way, from the booking through the completion of the performances. What I loved the most about it was how engaged the students were throughout the entire forty minutes (and I mean from kindergarteners to eighth graders!). Gary and Nancy struck the perfect balance between sharing information about Taiko drumming (techniques, costumes, the drums themselves, their own training) and performance pieces that were just the right length. The balance of traditional and contemporary compositions was also just perfect. Of course, the students who had the chance to actually play loved it the most! Even watching other students perform was a lot of fun for the audience. The audience participation was also great! The most affirming thing I can say about this assembly was that I had dozens of students, across the grades, come up to me later that day, and even for the next couple of days, thanking me for arranging the Taiko drum assembly for them. The kids universally loved it! I give One World Taiko an A+ for providing us with an outstanding experience in every way.

Assumption-St.Bridget School - Seattle, WA

There was an awesome amount of audience participation and the students were thoroughly engaged throughout the entire presentation. The performers were absolutely entertaining and provided a positive message to the students. We would recommend this program to other schools without hesitation.

Valerie Standridge, Principal - Stockton, CA

Very engaging and fun for everyone in attendance! Nancy and Gary blend the perfect amount of information and music. It was a great show.

Jessica Leeper, STUCO Advisor - Marysville, CA

This was a fantastic presentation of Taiko to both students and families. Thank you so much for the excellent performance.

Tony Swan, Principal - Klamath Falls, OR