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Three Trails Taiko

Our Mission

Three Trails Taiko Ltd. is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, currently consisting of approximately seven volunteers. We have performed for local festivals, relief events, libraries, organizations, and business events in the Greater Kansas City area.

Our mission is to become better taiko players in mind, body, and spirit while sharing the tradition, culture, and art of Kumi Daiko and Japan with the surrounding community.

What is Taiko?

Originating in Japan, the word taiko simply means “drum”. Throughout history, various forms of taiko have been used for several purposes including military action and warfare, theater, festivals, and performance arts. We here at Three Trails Taiko, along with hundreds of groups around the world, participate in of style of taiko called “kumi-daiko”. Kumi-daiko was formed in the 1950s by jazz drummer Daihachi Oguchi and can be defined as group or ensemble drumming for the sake of performance arts and entertainment. Several different types of drums and percussion instruments are used in tandem to create beautiful and powerful musical compositions that can convey specific moods and tell stories of Japan’s rich history and culture.

Three Trails Taiko Organization

Three Trails Taiko formed in the summer of 2010 from the collaboration of some passionate taiko players from Denver Taiko and KiDaiko. We currently practice at Aikijuku Dojo in Lenexa, KS.

The group is available to perform for various events and celebrations. Please email ThreeTrailsTaiko@gmail.com for more information. Please follow Three Trails Taiko on Facebook for upcoming events including workshops and also see http://threetrailstaiko.com for more details!