Happy New Year!

As another decade comes to a close, we’d like to reflect on the love and support Soh Daiko has received from our community throughout our history. This year, we celebrated our 40th Anniversary with a concert that brought together Soh Daiko members past and present, and with the help of our alumni, we kicked off our ongoing “Fun for the Future” fundraising campaign.

With the goal of raising $100,000, our “Fun for the Future” campaign will allow us to continue our mission to promote and propagate an understanding and love for taiko music for the next 40 years (and beyond!). The six chu daiko unveiled on stage at our 40th Anniversary Concert, crafted by Asano Taiko, were funded by this campaign. We intend to use the rest of this fund to enable further growth of the group through investments in additional new equipment, new repertoire, workshops, costumes, and more. Four of our founding members – Alan Okada, Mieko Okada, Sandy Ikeda, and Jenny Wada – have pledged to match the first $20,000 donated toward this campaign. While we have made great progress this year, we still have a long way to go to meet our goal and would be grateful for any support you can give in 2020 and beyond. If you would like to contribute to our “Fun for the Future” campaign, please visit:


It was a joy and an honor to perform for and share our every-growing history with you all this past year. Now, as we enter 2020, we look forward to our future and are excited for the opportunities that await us in this new decade. From all of us to all of you, Happy New Year!

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Introducing our 2019-2020 Trainees!

Following two full days of recruitment, we are excited to welcome five new trainees into our 2019-2020 trainee class! Our trainees worked hard during recruitment to learn and showcase basic taiko form and drills. This year’s class brings unique and diverse talents to the group – from dance to jazz drumming – and we look forward to training the next generation of Soh Daiko performers as they continue learning and practicing with us over the next few months!

New this year, our recruitment sessions were split into two separate days with different attendees at each session. Last Thursday, our recruits from each session met for the first time to begin training together. Check out the photos below for a look at their experience so far!

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What better way to launch our new season than with a reflection on the moments, members, and mentors who have made us the group we are today? Throughout October, Soh Daiko participated in the #TaikoLove challenge – a social media movement founded and organized by our Virginia-based sister group, Nen Daiko, in celebration of the spirit of community and interconnectedness that taiko has the power to awaken in its players.

Tasked each day with a theme to relate to, we joined groups from around the world in sharing stories that speak to who we are as an ensemble; we dug into our archives, reminisced on recent events, and we even took on new challenges to share aspects of our group that our supporters may not have seen from us before.

We #TaikoLove our rich history, and are more excited now than ever for the year ahead as we prepare to welcome new individuals into our ranks. If you’d like to learn more about the #TaikoLove movement, visit Nen Daiko’s website, and be sure to check our our Instagram #TaikoLove Highlights to see our full array of photos and videos for this year’s challenge.

For an even more in-depth look at what #TaikoLove represents, please enjoy the video below where Nen Daiko member Carla Brown shares a few of the lessons learned by Nen Daiko in their time organizing this movement.

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Welcome, Claire!

A new season for Soh Daiko is approaching. As we gear up to resume group training in the fall, we […]

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