About Raijin Taiko

In the Spring of 2005, a small but committed group of students pooled their resources and formed UC Berkeley's first Taiko group. The founding members practiced in a fraternity basement, and gradually shifted to the campus' Sproul Plaza, playing on tires and chairs in lieu of drums. One year later, following countless hours of carrying tires to Sproul and slowly hand-crafting the group’s first drums, Cal Taiko had its inaugural performance at Cal Day on April 22, 2006. Since then, the group has established its presence on campus as Raijin Taiko, or more casually, "those drummers on Sproul". Raijin Taiko practices two to three times a week and performs original repertoire. We are excited to be a part of campus activities and enjoy sharing the energy of taiko with Cal.

2013-2014 Roster

Edward Liu - Director
Matthew Tanaka - Director
Mia Tong - Director
Katie Chen
Kristen Chinn
Susanna Elledge
Arianne Ferare
Joel Graycar
Lutetia Li
Quinn Shen
Stella Sun
Clifford Wang
Catherine Zhang


Rosie Abe
Kristin Aquino
Martin Blagaich
Grace Chan
Stephanie Chang
Lauren Che
Doris Chen
Kenny Chen
Vicky Chen
Tiffany Cheng
Veronica Chin
Eunice Choi
Tina Dinh
Peter Do
Sara Fong
Fayzan Gowani
Kathleen Gutierrez
Akiko Hamada-Ano
Alison Hamaji
Audrey Han
Tom Hata
Andrew Jiang
Alan Kagawa
Erica Kido Shimomoto
Ivana Kim
Liz Lam
Jenna Lee
Vivian Lee
Debbie Lin
Inga Lin
Tristan Mosley
Diana Nguyen
Jean Nguyen
Ankur Mehta
Aleo Mok
Joel Nitta
Jan Okabe
Derek Oye
Tiffany Paw
Tricia Powell
Andrew Rowland
Jeffrey Sasaki
Eugene Sim
Takanori Greg Sono
Airi Takashima
Nanae Takitori
Jun Ueno
Joey Upjohn
Rebecca Wang
Diana Wu
Byron Yamanaka
Ryan Yamasaki
Brandon Yanari
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