A Trip Down Memory Lane
It’s graduation season, and this month we had the opportunity to participate in Webster University’s commencement at the iconic Muny theatre in Forest Park. The stage renovations were completed just in time for the event, and we got to be among the first performers on the new stage!
It was a chilly and rainy morning, but that didn't dampen the spirits of the new graduates and their families as they filled the seats at the outdoor venue. The rain continued throughout the ceremony, threatening our performance because even a small amount of water can damage the drums.Fortunately we were able to squeeze our small group under the tent’s protective cover so we could perform as planned.
Helena covers the oodaiko to protect from the rain before we move to the stage.
The rainy event brought back memories of our 2014 trip to Japan, when we played at the Okaya Taiko Matsuri in the rain. Hundreds of drummers were gathered for this yearly event, and when the rain started just minutes before the performance, the drummers covered their equipment with waterproof covering and played anyway. We had never experienced anything like it!
We're sad to be saying goodbye to performing member Natsuki Kobayashi this month. Natsuki has been performing with us since 2016 while pursuing her undergraduate degree at University of Missouri - St. Louis. In her short time with us, she's quickly become a key member of the group, playing both taiko and fue. Natsuki has completed her studies and will be returning to her hometown of Nakajo, Japan. Congratulations, Natsuki, we wish you safe return to Japan!