Promoting the art of Japanese taiko drumming

The Cincinnati-Dayton Taiko Group was formed in 1999 with the support of the Japanese-Americans Citizens League (JACL) of Cincinnati and Dayton Ohio. We are a non-profit arts organization dedicated to promoting Japanese-style taiko drumming through performance and education. Jim Shimko, our music director, holds a Bachelor's degree in Music and has taught music for over to 20 years. He has been involved in taiko drumming for over 10 years.

Our performances are based on a traditional foundation but emphasize the fun and community spirit of taiko.  Taiko drums are large drums played in an ensemble format which allows for thundering sounds and exciting rhythms.  Besides the large drums, we include a variety of world percussion including shekere, small cymbals, and a large gong. Our style is based on the Osuwa style which was founded by Daihachi Oguchi Sensei of Japan.

We are a community group and are open to new members.  We perform in the tri-state area and have participated in many festivals and venues through the years.  If you want more information about us, please contact us at