Taiko Performances


The Great Lakes Taiko Center sponsors two performing groups: *Raion Taiko* professional taiko ensemble and *Godaiko Drummers* student community performers. Under the direction of Brian Sole, our taiko groups perform year-round in a variety of settings ranging from public arts festivals, music series concerts, school shows, marathons and dragon boat races, private weddings and parties, cultural and corporate celebrations, as well as interactive demonstrations and team-building workshops.

Members of GLTC performing groups 2018

Our professional taiko ensemble *Raion Taiko* brings the joy and artistry of traditional Japanese taiko as well as contemporary taiko music to audiences in Michigan and beyond.

Raion Taiko Members (year joined):  Brian Sole (director & founder), Larry An (2009), Ash Brown (2016), Eileen Ho (2009), Mayumi Sole (co-founder), Tomo Terakado (2018 intern), Yoshino Watanabe (2016), Wendy Whiteside (2011). Away Members: Tom Menzies (2009), Yuko Nozoe (2015), Chitose Taguchi (2011), Ken Yasui (2012) 

Our community performing group *Godaiko Drummers* gives student members opportunities to develop their taiko performance skills and to share their love of playing taiko at local community events.

Godaiko Drummers (2018-2019):  Shereen Allen-Youngblood, Tomoko Arai, Ken Brady, Jianin Chen, Kyoko Johnson, Noriko Maidens, Noriko Masada, Miwa Neumann, Wendy Ransom (intern), Yukiko Saito, Mary Suzuki. Alumni members: Eri Yamaguchi, Serena Barnes, Jason Black, Katie Doi, Natasha Tamate-Weiss.

Taiko is fun! 2018 photo by Toko Shiiki Imagery


 Find upcoming events on our Google Calendar & Facebook Page!



Bring Taiko to your event!

Interested in booking a taiko performance at your own event? Looking to schedule a taiko workshop at our studio or your location? Please contact us with your inquiries at GLTC by email <raion.taiko@gmail.com> or phone (248) 773-8899.

Note:  Great Lakes Taiko Center is listed in the Michigan Arts & Humanities Touring Directory (Ethnic & Folk, p.24). Non-Profit Organizations are eligible to apply for touring grants from the Michigan Humanities Council to help cover the cost of hosting us for a taiko performance or workshop.