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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:

Carnegie Mellon Matsuri performance – April 10

Pittsburgh Taiko will join CMU’s Japanese Student Association in their annual Matsuri event on Tuesday, April 10.

Pittsburgh Taiko is performing at 7 pm, but come early to enjoy Japanese food, games, and a full program of performers. The event runs 3:30-8:00 pm in Wiegand Gymnasium in the Cohon University Center at CMU.

Matsuri is a fundraiser for Minato school, which was destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

More details here:

Beginner Class Starts 3/31!

taiko drums in dance studioLearn taiko with us at our next beginner session!

Our next four-week class starts Saturday, March 31 at Winchester Thurston school in Shadyside.

This class is for anyone who wants to learn a new musical skill, needs a unique workout, or just wants to find out what it’s like to hit those big drums! It’s designed for adults and older teens (high school and up), and no previous musical experience is needed.

Register at the link on our workshops page. The page also has more information about what to wear and bring, and what to expect.

Beginner Workshops

taiko lesson at Open Streets
Pittsburgh Taiko members teaching an informal class at Open Streets in 2017

Join us in DC for the Sakura Taiko Takeover!

cherry blossom image

On Sunday March 25, Pittsburgh Taiko travels to Washington, DC to join our taiko friends from across the mid-Atlantic in a six-hour taiko festival!

Part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Sakura Taiko Takeover is being organized by Miyako Taiko and Mark H. Rooney.

Meet us on stage at the Tidal Basin. We will perform between 4 and 5 p.m., but you shouldn’t miss any of the fun. We’re looking forward to seeing great performances from The Genki Spark, Kizuna, Triangle Taiko, Odaiko New England, Kyo Daiko, Nen Daiko, and others!

More info: