Sonoma County Taiko
Building a community of acceptance, harmony, and respect through our love of taiko
Dear Friends of Sonoma County Taiko,
Thanks to everyone’s help, we maintained our enthusiasm for taiko through the challenging last 3 years.
We’ve had an encouraging 2023 with several new members and many performance requests. We are still rebuilding our membership and ramping up our taiko classes and performance offerings, all of which help us to make ends meet. Now we are looking forward to our 30th anniversary (only 2 years away!) and are happy to once again be able to make full use of our dojo practice space. We have been very fortunate to have a wonderful community for encouragement and support throughout these difficult times.
Your support helps us fulfill our mission to “build a community of acceptance, harmony, and respect through our love of taiko.” We welcome any and all contributions as we continue through this next more hopeful year. We are grateful to those who have previously donated and look forward to including those who may be giving for the first time.
Please enjoy this short video about who we are, what we bring to the community, and how we benefit from your support: We Are Sonoma County Taiko!
The Sonoma County Taiko Leadership Team
Donations are tax-deductible and any amount helps!
We’d like to thank the following who contributed to the video:
Taiko performers and teachers: David Hidalgo, Silvia Shostakovich, John Cooper, Irma Spars, Andrew Pastor, Dylan Henriksen, Sandra Bowman, Diego Solano, Alexa Riner, Simon Youssef, Byron Spars, Óscar Arce, Masumi O’Brien, Arnold Shimizu, Meg Mizutani, Sage Rasmussen, Takako Rasmussen, Sheri Peterson, Miwa Smith. Photos and video clips by Deanne DiPietro, Terry Connelly, Irma Spars, Grace Cheung-Schulman, Keith Wyner, Brandon Spars, Rick Tang, and others. Video production by Deanne DiPietro. Narration by Alexa Riner.
Learn to Play Taiko drums
We offer classes and workshops for children and adults. They are open to anyone who is interested in trying it out to someone who would like to delve deeper into the culture and performing. Come join us, we would love to share our enjoyment of this wonderful art with you.
See a Live Taiko Performance
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Sonoma County Taiko News
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Upcoming performances: Wed Feb, 21 Rancho Cotate High School Unity Week Sat Feb, 24 Firestorm Benefit at Enmanji Buddhist Temple Fri Mar, 2 Santa Rosa Middle School