The Sound of Drums

The Sound of Drums If your idea of making music is thundering away on a drum, you’ll love taiko. This Japanese form of drumming is hundreds of years old. But it has changed lately. Taiko drummers used to play alone or in pairs. Now they perform in large groups. The group form of taiko was founded in the early 1950s in Japan by a jazz drummer named Daihachi Oguchi. Mr. Oguchi thought of using taiko drums of varying sizes to produce a blend of drumbeat sounds. Group taiko became very popular throughout Japan. Today, Japan has over 4,000 taiko groups. Some Japanese taiko groups have even toured other countries. In time, home-grown taiko groups started springing up in other parts of the world. The first North American taiko group was organized in 1968. Taiko is exciting to listen to and even more fun to do. Playing in a taiko group builds energy and strengthens the arm and back muscles. Also, as any young child can tell you, any activity that makes noise is just a lot of fun. Rumble, rumble, BOOM! ™ © Advanced Assessment Systems/LinkIt! Duplication is restricted to licensees only.

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