Jacqueline Buda

Heart-pounding,ear-popping rhythmic pulsations that almost bare a rank on the Richter scale vibrate through the music department every Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon. From room 145 of Cypress Hall, the CSUN Jishin Taiko Club hones their percussion skills using large Japanese Taiko drums to produce an intense, synchronized beat. Before the group begins their craft, they are led through a series of warm-ups, including stretching, jogging, sit-ups and pushups. When finished, club members take turns rotating into troupes of 8-10 to carry out a uniformed song – using their taiko as vocals. Taiko is the Japanese word for “large drum” and is an art form of ensemble drumming.