Enjoy Taiko       with Us!

Dondoko Taiko is a Fort Worth based, volunteer Japanese drumming group. Please check out our beginning taiko series on YouTube so that you can enjoy taiko with us!



Heart of Peace Concert

Heart of Peace Concert @ Tarrant County College – South Campus;  Saturday, February 17, 2024 @ 7:00 pm; 5301 Campus Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76119

Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year @ the Old Jail Art Center; Saturday, February 10, 2024 @ 1 pm; 201 S 2nd St, Albany, TX 76430

Spring Beginner Class 2024

FWJS Dondoko Taiko Spring Beginner Class 2024! Have fun learning to play taiko drums from the very beginning! Even if you have played taiko before, this class could be for you. With Dondoko Taiko, you will learn the basics of drumming and Japanese vocabulary and traditions. This Spring, we are offering a 9-class course for […]

Otsukimi at the Modern

Otsukimi @ the Modern; Saturday, September 16, 2023 @ 7:00 pm; 3200 Darnell Street Fort Worth, Texas 76107

UNT World’s Fair

UNT  World’s Fair @ University of North Texas;  Saturday, September 23, 2023 @ 11:00 am; Library Mall

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What is Taiko?

Taiko (太鼓)

are a broad range of Japanese percussion instruments. Within Japan, the term refers to any kind of drum, but outside Japan, the term is often used to refer to any of the various Japanese drums called wadaiko (和太鼓) and to the relatively recent art-form of ensemble taiko drumming more specifically called kumi-daiko (組太鼓, lit. “drum collection”). While taiko have a mythological origin story, the instrument or its predecessor appears to have originated in India or southeast Asia and archaeological evidence suggests that taiko have existed in Japan as far back as the Kofun period (250-238AD). Their function has varied through history, ranging from communication, military action, theatrical accompaniment, festival performances, and entertainment.

The tradition of kumi-daiko in Japan, often characterized by several players on different drums, can be traced back to 1951 through the work of Daihachi Oguchi and has continued with world-renowned groups such as Kodo. Other performance styles have also emerged from specific island communities around Japan. Today, kumi-daiko performance groups can be found not only in Japan, but in many countries all over the world.

Taiko performance consists not only of technical training in playing rhythms, but also includes components in form, stick grip, clothing, and the particular arrangement of instruments chosen. Many groups use not only drums, but also vocal components, string, and woodwind instruments for accompaniment.  (Wikipedia, 2013)