Three Trails Taiko logo Three Trails Taiko group photo at Naka-Kon 2016 Three Trails Taiko playing Omiyage at Sprint A few Three Trails Taiko members posing outside after a performance

Our goal is to become better taiko players in mind, body, and spirit while sharing the tradition, culture, and art of Kumi Daiko and Japan with the surrounding community.

Upcoming Performances


Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 12:45 PM

Olathe East High School
14545 W 127th Street
Olathe, KS  66062

We are a volunteer community group who all have a passion for taiko whether in the practice room or on stage. We have performed for the Greater Kansas City Japan Festival, Relief Events, Library and Business Events. Please contact us via to schedule a performance.

About Taiko

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'Taiko' 太鼓 (Tie - koh) is the Japanese word for drum. Historically it was used for centuries as a part of Japanese culture. The taiko was used to determine village boundary lines (as far as the drum could be heard), in battle to intimidate the enemy and rally the warriors, and in the arts of Japanese culture as part of Kabuki Theatre. It also has a connection to religious and spiritual activities in Japan.

Kumi-daiko (group drumming or performance taiko) started post WWII in Japan. It was brought to the United States by Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka, who started the San Francisco Taiko Dojo in 1968. Through his teachings and various workshops throughout the country taiko groups have spread across North America, now numbering over 200 groups nationwide.

Three Trails Taiko started in the summer of 2010 from the collaboration of some passionate taiko players from Denver Taiko and Ki-Daiko and is currently operating as a community performance taiko group. We are still in the building stages and are looking for dedicated members and community support.

Taiko Practice

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Three Trails Taiko members practice on Sunday afternoons and Tuesday evenings. Practice includes basic drills focusing on style, rhythm, movement, form and the dynamics of playing taiko. As we continue in our personal growth, we develop original pieces and learn shared compositions from the North American Taiko Community.

Our practices are open, and anyone who is interested in becoming a member of Three Trails Taiko is welcome to sit in and observe a practice session. for times and directions if you are interested in coming and check Facebook or Twitter for possible cancellations.

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