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Penn State Taiko Drums
July 13, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Taiko is an ancient Japanese form of percussion using large drums. The drums range in size from roughly a snare drum, to drums as large as a car. The most common drum size in taiko is the size of a wine barrel. In the twentieth century Taiko drumming became a musical art form that involved a music ensemble and tightly choreographed movements. This is taiko as we know it today.
Penn State Taiko, the Big Ten’s first taiko group was founded in 2012 by Alyssa Henning after learning the basics of Taiko performance and building practice drums from The Genki Spark, a pan-Asian women’s group based in Boston.
Since its founding, the group has performed at Setsucon, Penn State’s Performing Arts Council’s Annual Showcase, and THON. The group’s repertoire consists of traditional pieces from Japan, modern compositions from other groups, and our own original arrangements. The group also leads community-oriented drum workshops both on campus and in nearby schools.
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