Educational Assembly Performance
Artist in Residence Program
Grades K thru High School


Recommendations and Testimonials


Sharing the Art of Taiko

One World Taiko is a professional Japanese drum ensemble that captivates audiences of all ages with their heart pounding rhythms and dynamic movement. They have performed at performing art centers, festivals, colleges, corporate events and at over 1000 K-12 schools throughout the USA. Their assembly program brings diversity and cultural awareness to students, building a bridge of cultural understanding through the art of taiko.

“awesome, captivating, powerfully fast drumming and exciting choreography”

Their school performances feature traditional and original compositions interwoven with descriptions of the drums and other instruments and the history of taiko in Japan and here in America. During a lively interactive section on how to play, a group of students are invited up to play the taiko.

“outstanding mastery of art and ability to relate to children was exemplary”

After starting their group in the San Francisco Bay Area, Gary Tsujimoto and Nancy Ozaki have been performing for over 25 years throughout the USA and in Europe, Japan and the Middle East. One World Taiko performed full time for 4 years as resident taiko drummers at the Walt Disney World Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida. From 2014 to 2017, they toured the USA from coast to coast for nine months each year while on a roster of performing artists booked by a professional agency.
The group is currently based in Denver, CO.

“best assembly, fascinating, new and exciting, educational, cultural and musical, fast-paced, relatable, fun, loud, making the floor vibrate and taking the audience in by the beat of the drums, keeping their attention throughout, entertained and enlightened, excellent interaction with the audience”

Students, teachers and principals describing our assembly program



Culminating student performance of our Artist in Residency
at Centrum's Young Artist Project


Centrum Taiko Class Video

This video is an excerpt of our Centrum Explorations taiko class performance. The students are 7th and 8th Graders. They named themselves Taiko Ryu. This finale performance culminated our 1 week residency of taiko instruction which also included teaching the students aspects of Japanese culture, language and history. This song is our arrangement of Osuwa Daiko's Hiryu San Dan Gaeshi.



Artist in Residency at Fernwood Elementary in Bothel, WA


One World Taiko was based in Seattle, WA from late 2001 to mid 2014.
During our time in Seattle, Nancy Ozaki of One World Taiko was
selected to be on the Washington State Arts Commission
Roster of Teaching Artists by a panel of arts educators.
She was on this Arts Commission Roster from 2003 through 2013.


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