GLTC 8th Annual Concert: Dream 夢 on June 10th 2018 @The Berman

The Great Lakes Taiko Center presents:

GLTC 8th Annual Concert & Showcase

Dream 夢 2018

June 10th SUN 4:00pm

Doors open 3:30pm @The Berman

This event will showcase students of the Great Lakes Taiko Center, from Tiny Tots to Advanced Taiko Classes, sharing their drum songs and dreams as they play together. Following intermission, our Dream playlist continues as we feature members of the Raion Taiko ensemble in concert with the Godaiko Drummers, our student community performance group, enchanting all with the spirited energy and mesmerizing artistry of Japanese taiko drumming.

> Link to event on TheBerman.org
> Link to event on www.facebook.org/greatlakestaiko 


A new venue for 2018!

The Berman Center for the Performing Arts

Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit

D. Dan & Betty Kahn Building | Eugene & Marcia Applebaum Jewish Community Campus

6600 W. Maple Rd, West Bloomfield, MI 48322

For the last three years, we were fortunate to have the opportunity of scheduling our annual concert at the Historic Redford Theatre in Detroit with its wonderfully restored Japanese-style decor and amazing all-volunteer support. This year the Taiko Center is excited to bring our event to The Berman Center for the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield. The Berman has been presenting cultural arts programming to southeast Michigan since 2011, fulfilling their “dream of creating a wonderful place for people of all ages to watch, perform, and experience all performing art.” The state-of-the-art facilities and dedicated staff at this world-class theater are sure to help make our taiko Dream show a truly enjoyable experience for all of our performers and audience members.


Tickets now Available!

> Click here for The Berman online box office <

Adults $20 advance ticket [$25 at the door]

Youth (12 & under) $15 advance ticket [$20 at the door]

NOTE: Per house rules, every person in the audience requires a ticket, including student performers seated in the theater as well as young children either seated or in a lap. To assist with these special ticketing situations, we offer 2 complimentary tickets to each participating student family, and Child (3 & under) $5 advance tickets can be ordered by phone or in-person.

> Contact GLTC (248-773-8899 or raion.taiko@gmail.com) for pickup in Novi <


Expanding our Percussion Horizons

On Sunday, March 1, we invited Ryan Gates to give a special Doumbek workshop at the Taiko Center. Besides having some fun and learning something new, everyone benefited from learning new rhythm patterns, making connections between the Doumbek and Taiko drums and remembering what it is like to try something new for the first time.

We had a great time and plan to invite Ryan back for more workshops in the future.


March Calendar

Our schedule of classes for March. If there is inclement weather, please verify that classes are being held. In general, if Novi Schools are closed because of the weather, we also cancel classes.


Taiko Center Class Calendar - February 2014

Here is the calendar for classes at the Great Lakes Taiko Center for February 2014.

Keep in mind, if Novi Schools are closed because of inclement weather, the Taiko Center will not hold classes that day.



A Special Visit and Taiko Workshops

Last week the students of the Great Lakes Taiko Center were privileged to have a visit and workshop from Takeru Matsushita of Wadaiko Yamato The Drummers of Japan.

Our relationship with Yamato goes back to 1999, long before we ever dreamed of opening our own taiko school in Michigan. Over the years, that relationship has been a big part of the success of the Great Lakes Taiko Center and I can say without hesitation that if that connection did not exist, it is likely the Great Lakes Taiko Center would not exist either.  We owe them a debt of gratitude and are grateful for the continued relationship.

On Tuesday, November 5. Takeru-san visited our Taiko Center for two workshops. The first was a 60 minute workshop for our younger students. The average age was probably around 9 years old, but we did have a 3-year-old (!) student who participated as well.  Takeru san taught a simple song and then worked with participants on playing expressively, playing together (not just at the same time) and being able to get into kamae (a ready stance) as quickly as possible. Everyone had a great time, laughed a lot and learned a lot.

Later, Takeru-san led a two-hour workshop for our adult students. We had participants with many years of experience, as well as some that had only began learning taiko 3 weeks prior. Although it may have been a little intimidating for the newer students at first, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

In the second workshop we learned many “secret” tips about playing stance, why it is important to be able to “sing” a song, not just play it on the drum and playing together. We even tried an enlightening exercise where pairs had to hold hands and play one drum.

We are happy that we could have two great workshops. We all learned a lot and hope that we can use what we learned to become even better taiko players.  Would you like to learn the “secret” tips we got from these workshops? Then I guess you’ll have to sign up for a taiko class ... and you can do that right here: Taiko Classes.

Thank you, Takeru-san! We hope you can come to visit again soon!