Hello, my name is Jennifer and I’m Senryu Taiko’s historian for the 2012-2013 school year. A little about myself: this will be my second year as an undergraduate student as well as my second year in taiko. As a student, I major in chemistry, conducting research in a chemistry lab and representing the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS) as a Science Ambassador. Also, I teach Sunday school to fourth graders at my local church. During my free time, I enjoy baking and doing my nails.
I have previous experience in music and percussion, but I can’t say it has given me an advantage. I have come to enjoy the challenging and multifaceted nature of taiko. Also, I have met many interesting friends, because taiko brings together people of various backgrounds and skills. My involvement in our collegiate group, thus far, provided me with such a unique experience, but those outside of our small community see nothing but our performances.
As a result, I am starting a new section on our website dedicated to posts by myself and other members about performances, practices, and other taiko-related events, just to name a few. We will also be integrating a series of posts titled “About Taiko,” explaining various playing styles, drums, narimono, costumes, and so on. Posts will include pictures, and possibly some videos!
I hope we can share our experiences through our perspective and to broaden the knowledge of those who experience only one facet of what we call “taiko.” I’m looking forward to the upcoming performances, meeting our new tryoutees, learning more taiko, and having a fun time!
P.S. If you want to put a face to the name, click on the “Members” tab under our banner! Just try to imagine me with shorter hair!