Taiko fundraiser set Sept. 7
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Sonoma County Taiko will host a salmon barbeque dinner on Sept. 7.  It will be held at the Memorial Hall at the Enmanji Buddhist Temple in Sebastopol, located at 1200 S. Gravenstein Highway.

The purpose of the dinner is to raise funds for new costumes and drumming equipment for Sonoma County Taiko.  In addition to the salmon dinner, there will be Taiko performances and sushi making demonstrations.  There will also be a “Dress the Drummer” board where guests can make a donation to help SCT purchase Happi coats for performances.

SCT is a community-based Japanese Taiko drumming group whose mission is to “Learn, share and promote Taiko as a cultural art form.”

Founded in 1995, SCT has been sharing their love of Taiko drumming and Japanese culture with the community through classes, workshops, demonstrations and educational outreach activities. The artistic director, Arnold Shimizu, is grateful for the community’s support of Sonoma County Taiko.  

“Many of our Taiko drums were made when the group was still very young,” Shimizu said. “We have made our own drums from locally sourced used wine barrels.  We have been performing on these drums for nearly two decades, and they are in need of repair and replacement. Now that the group has grown, we would also like to purchase a few traditionally made Taiko, which is a hefty investment running into the thousands.”

Admission is $30 and the dinner is open to the public.  There will be three seating windows: 5 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Those planning to attend should state their preference when they purchase tickets.

Tickets are available through Sonoma County Taiko or Brown Paper Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/391949. For more information, contact Sonoma County Taiko at info@sonomacountyTaiko.org, (707) 575-0723 or visit www.sonomacountyTaiko.org. Sonoma County Taiko is a 501c3 non-profit organization.

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