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Toshiki Chiba

I have been affiliated with Portland Taiko since 2010, first as a summer student, then as a performer. Taiko was like nothing I’d ever done before and I became hooked. One of my favorite experiences playing taiko was at an outdoor performance at Washington Park in 2014, where thousands of people watched our high-energy performance. I’m a high school senior and I play percussion in our symphonic band and drum set in our jazz band. Playing taiko is one of my greatest joys in life as I get to express my musical joy with a bunch of great people/mentors who also share this passion. < Back

Linda Crum

My first encounter with Portland Taiko was attending their very first concert, and I’ve loved the music ever since. I serve on the Board of Directors, and love being a donor, audience member, and general dogsbody. While now retired, I spent thirty years in early childhood education where I was privileged to see young children experience the excitement of music. One of my favorite taiko experiences was a concert many years ago that featured then Oregon Poet Laureate, Lawson Inada—a great combination of words and music. I live at the Terwilliger Plaza retirement community with my husband of almost 51 years, himself a former drummer. We have 2 children and 7 grandchildren.

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Kana Heshiki

I first experienced taiko at a performance by Las Vegas Kaminari Taiko in 2007. Five years later, I enrolled in classes with Portland Taiko and joined the community group in 2013. I like the sound of the taiko. When I hit the taiko and focus on the movements and rhythms, I am able to disconnect from all the day’s stresses. I enjoy performing at community events, collaborating with other instrumentalists, building drums, learning about taiko and Japanese American history, and continuing the journey of learning taiko. I live in Portland with my husband and 4-year-old corgi. < Back