Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 & Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019

Interested in becoming a member of Soh Daiko? Join us for a day of intense drumming at our annual recruitment and see if you have what it takes! All experience levels are welcome. We’ll provide everything you need to play – just bring yourself and comfortable, flexible clothing.

Session content will include an introduction to the fundamentals of Japanese drumming through a short lecture, demonstrations, and guided exercises. Please note that Soh Daiko rehearses on Thursdays 7:00-9:00pm and Saturdays 2:00-7:00pm . In order to be considered for membership, you must be available during our regular rehearsal times.

Attendance is only required at one of the following recruitment sessions to be considered for entry into our trainee program.

Session 1: Saturday (Nov. 9) from 1:30pm – 6:00pm
Session 2: Saturday (Nov. 16) from 1:30pm – 6:00pm
*Check-in starts at 1:00pm

Cost: $30

The New York Buddhist Church (American Buddhist Center)
331 Riverside Dr.
New York, NY 10025

Thank you for your interest in Soh Daiko’s upcoming recruitment!

To register, please complete the following steps:

  1. Fill out the registration form.
  2. Pay via the PayPal button below (preferred method)*



*If you are unable to pay ahead using PayPal, cash or a check made out to New York Buddhist Church/Soh Daiko will be accepted upon arrival. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to message us on Facebook, or email:

Trainee Period

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 Membership

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.

Full Membership

Members are expected to attend rehearsals and performances, support the Mission Statement of the Charter, and take on responsibilities as listed in the ByLaws.