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!
Arigato gozaimasu!
The Sonoma County Taiko Leadership Team

We need your support!
We rely on the generosity of our community more than ever right now.
Please give what you can.

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

Witness the excitement and dynamics of taiko first hand. Come see the blend of percussion power and dance that makes taiko such an exciting and unique art-form. We perform around the county for local community events, school assemblies and also private parties.

Drop us a line.

Drop us a line, inquire about classes, book a performance, find out where we’ll be, or join our mailing list to keep up to date on what we’re getting up to. We’d love to hear from you.

Make a Donation

Sonoma County Taiko is  a 501 (c)3 not for profit organization. Your donations help us to provide cultural outreach to our local schools and community events in the form of workshops, demonstrations and performances. Through your generous support we can continue to express the vibrant diverse community that we enjoy in Sonoma County.

Sonoma County Taiko News

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February / March

Upcoming performances: Wed Feb, 21 Rancho Cotate High School Unity Week Sat Feb, 24 Firestorm Benefit at Enmanji Buddhist Temple 11-3pm Fri Mar, 2 Santa Rosa Middle School Fri Mar 2 Taiko Basics-introduction to Taiko class 6-8pm Sat Mar, 10 SRJC Taiko Workshop @ SCT...


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Start Now

Join our Taiko Basics introductory class. Held the first Friday each month.  Begin your exploration of the art of Taiko! Ages 12 and up.
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