We are re-opening our studio - and welcoming the return of a longtime member!

Jenn solos in our signature song, Tenchi, during her final year as a member

Welcome Back!

We are thrilled to share that not only did we return to full studio practices this month, we are also welcoming a former member's return!

Jenn Macneil was a long-time member, performing with us for seven years before retiring in 2014 to focus on family. She says, "I have really missed playing taiko and being part of an ensemble, and I found myself thinking about it more and more over time - especially during this past year. Life is too short not to play taiko." We feel the same way, particularly after a long year of not being able to practice together.

Over the winter, Jenn began joining us for online gatherings and small-group practices to brush up on performance pieces and begin to learn new material that was not in our repertoire when she was first in the group. Upon returning to the studio this month, she finally got her chance to audition and officially re-join the group. The audition process can be nerve-wracking - even for seasoned players - but she notes how much more comfortable she felt playing compared to her first audition.

Jenn MacneilLeft: Behind her mask, a happy Jenn smiles post-audition.

When we asked Jenn what she was most excited about with her return, the answer was obvious - playing taiko in an ensemble again! Then she added, "I'm also looking forward to learning all the new songs the group has added over the last seven years. I'm so impressed with how much we've grown and how talented everyone is." 

Join us at an upcoming performance to see Jenn back in action!

Upcoming Performances

We are thrilled to be participating in the return of live performances and we hope you can join us at an upcoming event!

WorldFest 2021
Sunday, June 6 - 2:00 PM
Centene Community Center - International Stage

750 Casino Center Drive
Maryland Heights, MO
This free annual event is moving outside this year to allow for social distancing safety measures.

Concert in the Trees
Thursday, June 10 - 6:00 PM
Creve Coeur Park

2194 Creve Coeur Mill Road
St. Louis, MO
Tickets are $30 with proceeds benefitting Forest ReLeaf St. Louis, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving urban greenscapes, particularly in underserved communities in Missouri and Illinois.

Gateway Dragon Boat Festival
Saturday, August 14 - 9:15 AM
Creve Coeur Lake

13725 Marine Avenue
Maryland Heights, MO
Experience the thrill of taiko as you watch teams of rowers race in decorated boats across the lake. This family-friendly event is free; donations benefit Operation Family Help, a non-profit effort assisting families with medical needs not covered by health insurance.
We are a non-profit group that performs the art of taiko around the St. Louis area and the world.
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