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Upcoming Performance Events

September 5:

Ksitigharba Day at Land of the Medicine Buddha

September 13:

Jacob's Heart - Kidrageous at Watsonville Plaza

September 19:

Ethnic Dance Festival at the Tannery

September 26:

Discovery Learning Center Family Concert - workshop and performance

October 11:

Open Streets Santa Cruz


Watsonville Taiko is grateful for the ongoing community support including
funding from the Arts Council Santa Cruz
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This summer has brought both joy and sadness to all of us at Watsonville Taiko. We had great fun drumming for Santa Cruz's young readers at the Public Library's Festival of the Book. but while we were packing up, police across the street were searching for a missing child. And, as with the rest of the community, we mourned the next evening when we heard about the death of Maddy Middleton. We will be joining the Tannery community as they continue the healing process at the Santa Cruz Ethnic Dance Festival on September 19th.  Please join us as we celebrate the beauty and healing power of dance and music.

We also lost a former youth drummer.  Collette "Coco" Lazenby died in a car accident in early August.  Coco drummed with Watsonville Taiko during 2013 and 2014. She first performed with us at Morgan Hill's Harumatsuri Festival, and her culminating performance with us was at our 22nd Anniversary Show at the Crocker Theater in February 2014. After leaving WatsonvilleTaiko she continued her community service, helping with the Homeless Garden Project and staring in Wonderland, She will be missed by many.

Despite the sadness, there were many days of celebration including the 4th of July at New Brighton Campground, Obon at the Watsonville Buddhist Temple, and the Church Street Fair; part of the Cabrillo Festival of Music. Our summer of celebrations wrapped up last weekend as we celebrated Ikuyo sensei's birthday!

Please join us this fall as we continue celebrating the power and beauty of music and taiko drumming.
Joyce Smith
Watsonville Taiko
Save the Date!!!
2 016 is the 25th anniversary of Watsonville Taiko, 
and we plan to celebrate the occasion!

Please join us on 
April 16th & 17th, 2016
Crocker Theater
Cabrillo College
Aptos, CA
Watsonville Taiko's 25th Anniversary Concert
Another Date to Save
Holiday boutique 2014
Help Support our Fall Fundraiser
If you would like to support Watsonville Taiko, the Holiday Boutique is a wonderful opportunity.  
 Y ou can:
  • Come to the Boutique
  • Have a crafts booth
  • Buy a raffle ticket (or two or three) for a  handmade Japanese motif quilt
  • Come to the boutique and spend $
  • Donate a gift certificate from your business
  • Donate items for gift baskets
  • Come to the boutique and bring a friend!