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About Zenshin Daiko

When suddenly compelled to start a new taiko group in February, 1999, Valerie and Anthony Jones were intimidated by the task ahead. However, with the tremendous support and encouragement of friends, family and members of the community, Zenshin Daiko quickly moved from the dream stage to a busy performing schedule. Zenshin Daiko has averaged about four performances a month for the past 15 years - over 800 performances.

Since Zenshin Daiko was formed as a non-profit corporation on March 23, 1999, it has accomplished several major goals. One of the most important was receiving tax-exempt status from the IRS. This allows people and businesses to deduct donations to Zenshin Daiko. It also made it possible to receive a $10,000 grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc. in December of 2001. In 2003, Zenshin Daiko has received a $2400 grant from the State Foundation on Culture & the Arts to build a large hiradaiko. Zenshin Daiko has also received grants from the Frances W. Emerson Foundation, Young Brothers, the Mayor Arakawa Community Kokua Fund and the Fred Baldwin Foundation.

Zenshin Daiko is honored to have been invited to perform in some very prestigious events. In the August of 2004, Zenshin Daiko performed the International Stars of Taiko concert at the Waikiki Shell. In July of 2005, Zenshin Daiko was the first children's group ever to be invited to perform at Taiko Jam, a concert held in conjunction with the North American Taiko Conference in Los Angeles. In January of 2008 Zenshin Daiko performed with the Oshkosh Youth Symphony Orchestra - performing three concerts and 3 school shows in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

In March of 2009, in celebration of Zenshin Daiko's 10 Anniversary, 55 ZD members, parents and friends traveled to Japan to perform with Wadaiko Matsuriza in Hachioji. ZD members also visited Sado Island to have a workshop with Kodo and visit the Kodo Apprentice Center.

In June, 2012, almost 50 members, parents, siblings and friends will be traveling to Rochester, Minnesota. Zenshin Daiko has been invited to perform in the 30th Annual Rochesterfest. They will be performing in three events including the big parade before 35,000 spectators.

In August, 2013, ZD traveled to California to perform at the Grand Opening Celebration of the Los Angeles Taiko Institute in Torrance.  It was another great honor to perform with some of the most well known taiko performers from Japan.

To celebrate ZD's 15th Anniversary over 50 members, friends and family traveled to Japan in July, 2014.   ZD was invited to perform at the prestigious Extasia Concert in Kanazawa and the Summer Festival on Hachijo Island.

Zenshin Daiko also is the sponsor of the longest running taiko festival concert in Hawaii. Their 16th Annual Taiko Festival will be held on June 6, 2015 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Castle Theater.

Zenshin Daiko is a children's group and currently has over 50 members, ages 6 to 17. Zenshin Daiko teaches taiko to children and shares it with the community. Many adults have expressed an interest in learning taiko but for now Zenshin Daiko will concentrate working with children. Zenshin means forward. This embraces the philosophies on which this group was formed. We feel that we can learn from the past, but, by looking forward and focusing our efforts on the future, we can expand an awareness and appreciation of our culture and have a lot of fun too.