The sounds of traditional Japanese drums will fill the Corinne Costin Library June 22.

 

The sounds of traditional Japanese drums will fill the Corinne Costin Library June 22.

A traveling group of artists called Tampa Taiko will stop by the Port St. Joe Public Library before making their way to the Bay County Library.

Tampa Taiko was formed by Ron Collins, a marathon swimmer from the Tampa area that had experience drumming for the Tampa Bay Mutiny, a now defunct Major League Soccer team.

When the Mutiny folded, Collins was told by a friend that he should pick up Taiko, a Japanese word for a drum, but also used to generally explain the Japanese style of drumming.

Collins is now a full-time traditional drummer.

Taiko, usually identified by its animated movements, is a team affair that involves multiple members of a drumming group all playing multiple drums.

It is believed that the Japanese picked up drumming from China and Korea, with the earliest historical evidence of drumming on the islands of Japan being found in the Sixth Century.

From the introduction of drums to Japan, Taiko has been present in the military, theatrical, and spiritual facets of Japanese culture.

Tampa Taiko performs between 100 and 150 shows throughout the Southeast a year, but this will be the first time the group will perform in Gulf County.

According to Nancy Brockman, the Gulf County Coordinator for the Northwest Regional Library System, musical programs have been requested often by the public.

Brockman believes that the program will work well with the library’s summer youth program, as well exposing the public to the traditional arts of the world.

Along with bundling the performance with the sister library in Bay County, the Port St. Joe library has received a donation from the Gulf Alliance for Local Arts (GALA) to host the program.

Tampa Taiko is the last scheduled musical performance at the library until the fall.

The program will be held in the library’s program room and will begin at 10 a.m ET.