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Saturday, March 2, 2:00-5:00 PM
at Back Cat Music Cooperative

155 Independence Street, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411
~ Free Open Workshop - Donations Gratefully Accepted! ~

Come try out a Taiko Boom Camp! An opportunity to experience the amazing, and thunderously powerful Heartbeat Drums of Japan with members of Berkeley Spring’s own Shangö Mountain Taiko. Taiko literally means “Big Drum,” but also refers to kumidaiko, the ensemble group drumming spreading and growing in popularity in America since the 1970s.

We will be introducing the fundamentals of playing Taiko, the basics of the “Say it-Play it” Kuchishoga mnemonic system for learning rhythm patterns, and basic and classic taiko songs. Wear comfortable clothing suitable for stretching and movement. Water bottle, and towel suggested.

We are accepting new trainees! We’re looking for people interested in learning Taiko and possibly joining the Shangö Mountain Taiko team – no experience required!!! – just enthusiasm and willingness to practice and study – and sweat a little! You can see our Training Session & Event Schedule here.

It’s the best workout you’ll ever love.

For more information: Contact Kurt Griffith @
845 623-0940  |

Bringing the Thunder of Japanese Taiko
to the Mountains of Appalachia.

Back to the Shangö Mountain Taiko Page
For more resources & Demos, visit our Instructional Videos Page.
If you want to learn more about Taiko, Visit our Taiko Page

Shangö’s small 17" Eisa-Odaiko and his “Big Brother”, an 24" Okinawan Nagado Chu-Daiko.

if you are interested in additional workshops, regular classes in this dynamic and expressive Japanese Drumming art, or joining Shangö Mountain Taiko, please contact us.

Sessions & Classes

Shangö Taiko Player Kurt Griffith is interested in cultivating more local Taiko players. More players, more fun, more DON! Please contact us if you are interested in workshops or training with Shangö Mountain Taiko in this dynamic and expressive Japanese drumming.

We’ve continuted to train after our debut Taiko Performace at the first Morgan Arts Council Cherry Blossom Festival. Please see our Training Session Schedule. If you're interested in participating please contact us.

Find out more here. Please Email Us for more information or with any questions. 

COVID-19 GUIDANCE – The safety of our drum community is always our first priority. We still recommend to please take all appropriate health precautions and practice good hygiene and steps to prevent illness as recommended by the CDC.
If you’ve tested positive, feeling unwell, or need to isolate, no problem! It's absolutely okay to say home and miss one. We certainly understand, and we do want to protect each other. Recover, get healthy, and we’ll see you next time!

Drum safe! Yassai!