River Ridge High School Taiko
River Ridge High School in Lacey has a strong Japanese language program and a diverse student population. Before starting their Taiko ensemble, interest was very high in the existing taiko drum that was built for a piece of concert music that the band performed in the 2007-2008 school year. One thing lead to another and they found themselves forming a taiko ensemble. Their vision is a 14-piece drum ensemble with various sizes and styles of drums. They build drums themselves to save money and to give the students some ownership. The group performs student-composed works at various local community events and concerts.