Day of Percussion Brings Japanese Drums To Minot

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An iconic sound from half a world away was resonating in the halls of Minot State University today.

It was a Day of Percussion at Minot State, as part of the Northwest International Music Festival that the music division hosts each year.

And it was certainly international this time around.

(Tim Olson) Hundreds of years ago and half a world away, this sound was accompanied by Japanese warriors headed to battle.

Today at Minot State University, it played a more artful role for these middle and high school students.

(Carson Adam, MSU Percussion Major) “They’re here to learn the basics of taiko drumming.”

(Olson) Taiko combines music, costume, and even martial arts to great effect.

(Hayden Fredrickson, Our Redeemer’s 6th Grader) “In this one, you want to actually use your body instead of just using your hands.”

(Olson) Winnipeg-based Fubuki Daiko ran today’s workshop, hosted by the Division of Music at Minot State.

(Adam) “It’s important for kids to learn different types of drumming because it’s in every culture around the world. This just happens to be Japanese Drumming.”

(Olson) It was a new experience for young percussionists.

(Fredrickson) “I’ve never done this particular type of drumming.”

(Olson) And it was met with rave reviews.

(Fredrickson) “It’s just something that comes over you.”

The Day of Percussion concludes tonight with a concert by Fubuki Daiko.

That’s Friday at 8 pm in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall.

Reporting live in Minot, Tim Olson, KX News.

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