Location: Carolina Pines Community Center
2305 Lake Wheeler Road Raleigh, NC 27603.
Regular Members: 11:15am – 2:00pm
Special Olympians: 10:00am – 11:00am.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we have temporarily switched to an online format. Newcomers are still welcome to join and participate during the online session.
No drumming experience is required. We welcome anyone who likes group activity and is interested in playing taiko drums as an ensemble, since taiko drumming does utilize and focus on good teamwork and working well with others. Taiko drumming also is more than just hitting a drum and keeping a beat; it’s a lot of hard physical work, so wear comfortable clothes and bring some water.
Please fill out the form first to find a good day to join. There are times when we don’t meet or we are practicing for a performance.
Information on Joining
You are welcome to attend to any of our practices and learn some basic rhythms and movements to see if you enjoy playing taiko. After three to four visits, we will ask you to consider becoming a member of Triangle Taiko. There is a $100 membership fee which includes the annual membership and 2 sets of bachi. Please make your check payable to “Nippon Club – Triangle Taiko”.
When joining Triangle Taiko, you will also need to become a member of the Nippon Club of the Triangle. Registration is free and can be done here
1. You are expected to attend all practices, both for your benefit and for other Taiko members. That being said, it is also understood that you occasionally might not be able to attend practice. Each of us has other responsibilities besides taiko and sometimes these responsibilities conflict, and a decision must be made on which has priority.
If you are not going to attend a practice, PLEASE notify your group leader as far in advance as possible.
2. There is an annual membership fee of $50 due at the first of the year for continuing membership.
3. In terms of bachi, all new members are provided with one pair of regular bachi and one pair of shime bachi when you become a member . As you learn more songs, you may want some different types of bachi.
4. Practices can be quite strenuous. Please wear clothes that you can get dirty and can move freely in. Jeans are not encouraged. In Japanese customs and traditions, you can not allowed to shoes while in practice, if your feet get cold, you are welcome to wear non-slip socks or purchase some tabi, traditional Japanese work shoes. Most members have a pair of tabi for performances.
5. For performances, we have two types of required apparel. For formal performance, we ask that players wear a pair of black spandex dance/exercise pants, with a black shirt underneath and a happi coat (provided). Non-formal performances would allow kind of pants and shirts, provided they do not have graphic on them. We ask that you take excellent care of the happi.
This should be all the information you need to get started. We’re thrilled that you’ve decided to be a part of our Taiko family, and we look forward to play with you in the future! Please let us know if you have any questions, issues, or concerns whenever you have them, we’re a family after all and we look after each other! If there is any accommodation that you need, let us know, and we will work it out with you!