Taikoza performs at Eaton Fundamental Middle School
Taikoza, a Japanese drums and dance group, performed for students at Eaton Fundamental School on May 5. The New York City-based group was in town for the International Tattoo at the Norfolk Scope.
Taikoza is the only Taiko group that features taiko drums, shakuhaci, fue, and dance in their performances. Marco Kiehard is the musical director of the group. The group uses various sized taiko drums as well as flutes and a 12-string Koto. They have thrilled and entertained audiences of all ages around the world.
Lisa Farrell, the director of bands at Eaton, was able to secure a school performance for the eighth grade band and elective students through the Young Audiences of Virginia, sponsored by TowneBank Curriculum Plus.
“The performers had the audience on their toes and even had students come up and be involved in the show,” said Farrell. “It was a great experience for all.”
Students enjoyed the performance as well, as indicated by the comments below:
“I think the performance was great,” said eighth grade student, D’Ante Charity. “I learned a lot about taiko drummers, the Japanese language and different holidays in Japan.”
Matthew Boyd, an eighth grade percussion student, said, “Taikoza showed me what practicing can really do.”
“The performance was very cool and loud, “ said Jada Anderson, eighth grader. “I like how they described all of the instruments and mallets that they used.”
Young Audiences – Arts for Learning – Virginia is the leading provider of quality arts-in-education programming in Virginia. They offer an array of arts performances and workshops grounded in the core curriculum, residencies for children of all ages, and professional development in arts-integration techniques that improve students’ literacy skills, motivation to read, and ability to learn.
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