WE ARE HOH DAIKO!
Hoh Daiko Drummers of Seabrook, New Jersey was established on February 23, 1991 under the auspices of the Seabrook Buddhist Temple. It chose Hoh Daiko for its name meaning the way of the drums. The group began by using discarded tires and plastic garbage cans as practice instruments and on the drum made for them by the Reverend Ron Miyamura of Chicago.
Their dedication soon found the group making its own taiko (drum) from whiskey and wine barrels, learning the difficult traditional folk art from Soh Daiko of New York (the first taiko group on the East Coast). They also had many workshops with their mentors, the Soh Daiko Drummers. Hoh Daiko also has been taught by Yoshikazu Fujimoto of Kodo and from taiko masters such as Kenny Endo, San Jose Taiko, as well as masters from Japan. Charter member Tamiko Ooka after two years in Japan has trained and introduced new techniques to the group.
Hoh Daiko’s rapid emergence was evidenced soon after the national and international coverage of “Seabrook Story” which was aired in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor by Nippon TV and the National Broadcasting Corporation. Since that time, they have participated at the nation’s capital in a program for the National Education Association assembly, the 14th Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival, the Taiko Tsunami performance at the University of PA Annenberg Center, the grand opening ceremonies of the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and recently at the Kimono Festival held at the Sheraton Hotel in Philadelphia, as well as for various schools and organizations.
Members include Tamiko Ooka, Ken Ooka, Louise Ogata, Shizu Grieves, Stu Grieves, Jane Heil, Kaz Ose, Amanda Ose, Alex Ose, Renee Burns, Stan Kaneshiki and Ray Owens. Provisional members are Mike Orange and Dave Szwajkowski.