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In 2003 Ms Susann Blair, band director at Davis Middle School became aware of a Dublin Arts Council grant that would provide for a year long residency program enabling a group of 20 middle school students and their music teacher to learn Taiko from Eitetsu Hayashi, the world's preeminent taiko solo performer. She committed herself and her students to this one year residency.
After Eitetsu's residency ended, Ms Blair continued teaching Taiko and the Dublin Taiko Group (DTG) was created. From an initial group of 20 middle school students, DTG has grown to over 120 students in grades 6-12 and is now the largest k-12 based taiko organization in North America. DTG alumni return to play with the group and have gone on to play with Taiko groups at Miami University of Ohio, Bowling Green State University, Columbia, Berkeley and Cornell.
DTG currently consists of 4 levels of students: Beginners (first year Taiko learners), Veterans (2nd year and up), DTG JV (students have shown a desire and commitment to become members of DTG) and finally DTG, the main performance group. All groups will have multiple opportunities to perform during the course of a year.
The mission of Dublin Taiko Group is to develop student performers who demonstrate a passion for the artistry of Taiko and promote diversity and expansion of cultural knowledge in our community.
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