We hope you enjoyed your time with Triangle Taiko. Before joining, you are welcome to come to our practices and learn some basic rhythms and movements and see if you enjoy playing taiko. We meet on Saturdays from 11:15 am until 1:30 pm. After your third visit, if you want to continue playing taiko, we will ask you to become a member of Triangle Taiko. There is a $100 membership fee which includes the annual membership and 2 sets of bachi (one for the shime and one for the nagadou). Please make your check payable to “Nippon Club – Triangle Taiko”.
When joining Triangle Taiko, you will also need to become a member of the Nippon Club of the Triangle. Registration is free and can be completed on-line here: http://www.trianglejapanclub.org/membership.html
You are now a member of Triangle Taiko. Welcome! We are very happy you decided to join us. The following is some general information you may find useful as our newest member.
1. You are expected to attend all practices, both for your benefit and because the other Taiko members will rely on you to be there. That being said, it is also understood that you occasionally might not be able to attend practice. Each of us has other responsibilities besides taiko and sometimes these responsibilities conflict, and a decision must be made on which has priority. *** If you are not going to attend a practice, PLEASE notify your group leader as far in advance as possible. *** Group leaders will be introduced at practice.
2. There is an annual membership fee of $50 due at the first of the year for continuing membership.
3. In terms of bachi, all new members are provided with one pair of regular bachi and one pair of shime bachi when you become a member of Triangle Taiko. As you learn more songs, you may want some different types of bachi. We’ve ordered our bachi (and bachi bags) from Miyamoto, Tokyo, so you can order bachi individually or wait until there is a group order. There are several options regarding size and type of wood so you will want to think about the kind of wood since some are heavier than others, so feel free to ask about the differences from any of the other players.
4. You have probably discovered that our practices can be quite strenuous. Please wear clothes that you can get dirty and can move freely in. Jeans are strongly discouraged. Also, you can not wear shoes while practicing (Japanese custom), so if your feet get cold, you are welcome to wear non-slip socks or purchase some tabi, traditional Japanese work shoes. Most members have a pair of tabi for performances. Tabi can be purchased from Kyoto Taiko Center(in Japan) or Taiko Center or Bokunan-do (in the USA).
5. For performances, we will have one of two types of required apparel. For a more formal performance, we ask that players wear a pair of black spandex dance/exercise pants and a happi coat with a black shirt underneath. Triangle Taiko will provide the happi coat to the players along with an obi (belt). We ask that you take excellent care of the happi.
For a less formal performance, players can wear tan/beige shorts and a Triange taiko t-shirt. Many players have more than one t-shirt and are happy to share. Otherwise, if you would like to purchase your own Triangle taiko t-shirt (or other merchandise), we do have a store at Cafepress.
Performances may require an additional practice time. Performance practices are usually Friday evenings from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
This should be all the information you need to get started. We’re thrilled that you’ve decided to be a part of our Taiko family, and we look forward to working with you in the future. Please let us know if you have any questions, issues, or concerns. Sometimes things move pretty fast through the songs, but we know you’ll pick it up soon! Feel free to ask any of us for help if you need it during practice!