All posts by Erin Kelly

Carnegie Mellon JSA Matsuri 4/23

Pittsburgh Taiko will be joining Carnegie Mellon University’s Japanese Student Association for their annual festival on Tuesday afternoon from 3 to 8.

Have some takoyaki and crepes, and listen to a variety of performers! Details here: 

We perform at 6:00.

The event is a fundraiser for Red Feather Community Chest, a disaster relief organization in Japan. 

More about the event here:

Sakura Taiko Takeover 2019

We are hard at work getting ready for our performance in Washington DC on Sunday, March 31 at the National Cherry Blossom Festival!

Sakura Taiko Takeover 2018
(photo: Eric Gardner)

We were lucky enough to join some of our friends from the taiko community last year at this event, and we’re excited to have another opportunity. (Thanks to Mark H Rooney, Miyako Taiko, and all the other local organizers!)

If you’re near DC, or need an excuse to go, please join us for a great day of taiko! Details here:

Level 2 class registering now

We had a great beginner session in January, and we want to keep it going with a level 2 class starting March 10!

The class will run four Sundays, March 10, 17, and 24, then finish up on April 7. Classes are 1:30-3 pm in our studio, on the second floor at 2 North Balph St. in Bellevue.

The class is open to students who have taken a previous beginner class or have taiko experience.

Register at the JASP website here –

Beginner Class Starts January 13

Start the new year with a new hobby – join our four-week beginner session this January!

The four-week class will teach you the basics of playing taiko. We provide all equipment and no prior experience is necessary!

Read details here and use the link to preregister through the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania.

students in a Pittsburgh Taiko beginner session in 2017
This could be you …

Nationality Rooms Open House – December 2

Our next public performance will be December 2 at the Pitt Nationality Rooms holiday open house.


We’ll kick off the music and dance program at Noon. (UPDATED – an earlier version of the post said 1 pm, that’s wrong.) There are a lot of performances so we only have 12-12:15 to play; don’t be late!

Come join us for the great food and tours of specially decorated classrooms celebrating cultures all over the globe.

Read more here: