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Introduction to Taiko classes starting Sep 15th... Find out more!

ugene Taiko is a community-based Japanese drumming ensemble that has been performing for audiences throughout Oregon since 1989. Taiko simply means "drum" in Japanese, but Eugene Taiko truly brings its drums alive with powerful beats and spellbinding rhythms. Performing modern interpretations of traditional pieces as well as their own compositions, the members of Eugene Taiko bring their energetic enthusiasm to each of the group's performances.

The current roster of Eugene Taiko includes members, who hail from a variety of backgrounds and range in age from the very youthful to those slightly more "seasoned." All of the Eugene Taiko performers share a passion for the art of taiko, which provides a welcome diversion from the daily travails of their professional or student lives. The group performs regularly for local schools; at special cultural events; and at the annual Obon Festival, Oregon Asian Celebration, Salem World Beat Festival, and Coburg (Oregon) Golden Years Festival.

The members of Eugene Taiko are:

  • Barbara Brasted-Maki
  • Alex Caves
  • Alisa Caves
  • Alina Cossairt
  • Ben Gerhart
  • Bonnie Yorges
  • George Karabinis
  • Lisa Meyer
  • Melody Howe
  • Randy Nishimura
  • Robyn Suzumura
  • Lois Yoshishige


Check out our Calendar page for details regarding upcoming performances and more!