USC Kazan Taiko was founded in the fall of 2002 by Koichi Sanchez and Bridge Mei as the first Japanese taiko ensemble group at the University of Southern California. Our goal is to provide a place for our members to express themselves through rhythm and movement, while learning and participating in the tradition of Japanese taiko drumming.

Kazan performs at events hosted by our fellow Trojans (Fight On!) as well as off-campus performances in the Greater Los Angeles area, in an effort to make taiko known to our campus and local communities. We are fortunate to have workshops with many talented and influential members of the Southern California taiko community, such as members of Kinnara Taiko and former apprentices of Kodo Taiko.

Outside of practices, our members love to have fun, explore diverse activities, and indulge their mutually shared addiction to food and eating of any kind. We hold various social events throughout the year, including after-practice dinners, game nights, joint events with other USC organizations, and late-night karaoke. See photos on our Facebook page!

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Information Session:

Thursday 9/02, 7:30-8:30 PM @THH 211

Open Practices (Fall 2021):

Tuesdays 9/07, 9/14; 7:30-9:30 PM @ Downey Way Parking Structure (formerly PSA)

Thursdays 9/09, 9/16, 8-10 PM @ Downey Way Parking Structure 

Practice time/location (Fall 2021):

Tuesdays 7:30-9:30 PM @ Senshin Buddhist Temple

Thursdays 8-10 PM @ Downey Way Parking Structure Rooftop

We are recruiting members for the 2021-2022 academic year! If you are interested in our group, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We would love to hear from you!

Please also follow our blog if you would like updates on our events and performances.



Performance Request

If you would like to request a performance from Kazan Taiko, please submit the form below, or copy/paste then e-mail to kazan.taiko@gmail.com.

We ask that requests be made at least 3 weeks in advance to give us time to prepare and make sure we have performers available.