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TCA Member Spotlight: Jen Caballero

The eclectic stylings of Jen Cabz can be seen not only in her taiko playing, but in her life as a whole. From drumming through Vegas to sussing out the sus to tailoring a unique collection of Disney pins, Jen has an attention to detail that has long benefitted TCA from her local drive and

Join TCA’s Board of Directors

Are you a passionate taiko player or taiko enthusiast? Do you strive to be a leader and change-maker in your community? Do you have ideas and a vision to shape the future of the taiko community? If so, apply to join the TCA Board! Deadline to apply for the 2021 cohort is August 8, 2021 at 11:59PM Pacific Time.

TCA Member Spotlight: Louise Ogata

We know from our 2020 Taiko Census network map that many of us our connected. Some are connected through shared performing members, and others, like Hoh Daiko, are connected by "sisterhoods" – a bond among groups connected through shared histories, growth, and a passion for taiko. As an original member and "lifer" of Seabrook Buddhist Temple's Hoh Daiko, Louise has had

2021 TCA Grants Awarded

Congratulations to our 2021 TCA Grants recipients! Since 2016, TCA has dedicated increasing amounts of funds to the Grant Program, culminating this year in $20,000 to fund grants that support projects in 2021-2022.

TCA Member Spotlight: Carrie Carter

If you've ever wondered about all the places taiko can take you, have a look at Carrie Carter's journey. What started as a simple stroll grew into an adventure exploring the possibilities of physical, mental, emotional, and artistic health through taiko. We can't wait to see what's on the horizon for you, Carrie!

TCA Member Spotlight: Kara Drapala

Join us as we take a trip with Kara Drapala from the east coast to the midwest to the west coast and then slightly further south on the west coast. What do you do when "life happens"? Well, according to Kara you join San Francisco Taiko Dojo and use those hard-earned blisters as a solid reason to never hand-wash a dish again (and instead fill your time with more taiko).

TCA Member Spotlight: Wanda Kurtcu

Welcome to our very first TCA Member Spotlight! We couldn't think of a more perfect person to spotlight than Dr. Wanda Kurtcu on this, May the 4th. Join us as we sit down with Wanda to hear some of her taiko story. Thank you for being a passionate, dedicated member of the Taiko Community Alliance – May the 4th be with you, Wanda!

Introducing: TCA Regional Meet-ups!

Join us throughout the month of May as we gather within our local taiko communities to share the needs/wants of taiko folx in your area, hear about the current inner workings of TCA directly from TCA Staff, and have sharing favorite exercises, skills drills, or stories.


Shock, grief, fear, and outrage can overwhelm us as details about anti-Asian attacks come pouring in. We at TCA have not immediately had the words to articulate all of our thoughts and feelings, but we do not want to remain silent. TCA’s heart, spirit, and love go out to the loved ones of the individuals whose lives have been taken through baseless hate crimes. We can

The Taiko Network – How Our Community is Connected

Have you ever thought about how we are all connected in the taiko community? As promised, Taiko Census team member Josh Yoon utilized data collected from our 2020 Taiko Census and generated our first-ever Taiko Social Network – a visual representation of the ties we share as taiko players in an ever-growing community.