One World Taiko Performs at DCCC’s Davie Campus

Japanese Drumming

March 6, 2015 – Dynamic, synchronized, heart-pounding and extremely entertaining describe the Japanese drum and dance performance presented Thursday on the Davie Campus of Davidson County Community College. The description not only applies to the professional ensemble, One World Taiko, but to DCCC students participating in the performance as well.

The husband-wife duo of Gary Tsujimoto and Nancy Ozaki, both Americans of Japanese descent, add a contemporary twist to their interpretation of ancient Japanese percussion, called Taiko or “big drum.” A fast-paced original composition by Tsujimoto opened the show. 

Although they learned their craft in the United States, the couple travels to Japan periodically to study under more traditional teachers.

“We wanted to connect to our Japanese culture, and that’s what attracted us to Taiko,” Ozaki says.

Now the couple, based in Seattle, choose to share that culture by performing across the nation and invite their audiences to actively participate in their programs.

DCCC Student Learning Japanese DrummingFollowing a brief lesson, four DCCC students volunteered to perform with One World Taiko. Amanda Barbee, Aaron Bernal, Angela Scarbro and Katie White caught on quickly to the proper “stance” and rhythms to perform nearly flawlessly.

“I was really engaged,” Bernal says. “You really felt like you were ‘one’ with the drum and then when everyone joined, it just kind of came together.”

“I thought it was a unique way to learn about a different culture,” Barbee says.

*Editor’s note: In the first photo Gary Tsujimoto and Nancy Ozaki of One World Taiko perform. In the second photo, Tsujimoto gives DCCC student Aaron Bernal a crash course in Japanese drumming. 

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and is looking forward to serving students in Davidson and Davie counties for many years to come. The college is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College at davidsonccc.edu.