Trainees enter a year-long program to study basic taiko techniques and patterns. Soh Daiko rehearses Thursday evenings from 7:00pm-9:00pm and Saturdays from 2:00pm-6:00pm. There are additional trainee practices on Saturdays from 6:00-7:00pm. Attendance at all rehearsals and trainee practices are required; lateness and absences are closely monitored. As time in the dojo is limited, additional individual practice and strength training is strongly recommended.
A few months into this training period, trainees will demonstrate their ability to play various selections of taught repertoire. If trainees are able to demonstrate improved taiko ability, followed by a majority group vote, trainees may become Probationary Members for the remainder of the training period.
Probationary Members are required to further improve their taiko abilities by continuing to attend all rehearsals, as well as take part in group meetings and various administrative responsibilities. (Probationary Members are considered Group Members with the exception of voting privileges.) At the end of the probationary period, Probationary Members will be evaluated by the group and voted on for full membership. Full membership requires a unanimous vote by Soh Daiko members.
Members are expected to attend rehearsals and performances, support the Mission Statement of the Charter, and take on responsibilities as listed in the ByLaws.