Daly City, CA
The first time Ashley witnessed Bakuhatsu perform was at the Davis Cherry Blossom Festival 2018. She decided to tryout because the members looked like they were having so much fun performing. You can hear them from a mile away, and when they start performing everyone stops what they are doing and watches. Ashley also thought it was so cool how taiko is both an art and a form of exercise. She wants stronger arm muscles :)
In her spare time, you’ll find Ashley reading, making ceramics in the Craft Center, binge watching The Office and Seinfeld, yelping places to eat, and getting distracted by dogs on the street.
Los Angeles, California!!
A Psychology major looking to specialize in development and clinical therapy
Daniel was studying with his window open one night when he began hearing taiko drums playing from a distance. After learning that UC Davis has a taiko team, he attended Cherry Blossom 2019 where he saw his first Bakuhatsu Taiko Dan performance! Daniel has always loved percussion, but Bakuhatsu showed him that there's more to taiko than simply learning how to play an instrument- it's the idea that Bakuhatsu represents taiko as a lifestyle that really inspired him to join. In Daniel's spare time, he studies language, enjoys drawing, playing video games, and binging YouTube videos that involve seemingly useless Super Mario 64 glitches and exploits. Lastly a fun fact! Daniel is currently raising a cockatiel named Peeko Guacamole :)
San Jose, CA
The first time she witnessed Bakuhatsu was at Welcome Week! Katie loved the synergy that the team had, and how powerful the performance felt with the whole team playing the same part at the same time. She also loved how much fun the performers were having and how this perpetuated onto the audience, making the performance engaging. When Katie has free time she takes strolls while listening to music at an unhealthily loud volume, watch shows, especially My Hero Academia and Grey's Anatomy, hanging out with her homies and going on boba runs!
Currently undeclared (Cognitive Science)
She first witnessed Bakuhatsu perform during the first week of freshman year at the Fall Welcome event. She grew up loving and playing Taiko in her hometown as her mom and brother played before her. Naturally, when she found out about Bakuhatsu before moving to Davis, she couldn’t wait to try out. But she was even more drawn to the group when she watched their performance and could see their sense of community, astounding energy and enthusiasm, and mutual love for spreading happiness through music.
During Maki’s free time, she loves playing tennis and cello, going to the beach, dancing, laughing with friends and family, and eating lots of ice cream!
Sophia first saw Bakuhatsu at open practice. Shortly after she decided to join Bakuhatsu because she enjoyed the performance so much! She grew up dancing and taiko’s high energy and big movements remind her of that passion. Sophia loves dancing, enjoying the outdoors and watching Netflix.
Menlo Park, CA
Suzuka first saw Bakuhatsu perform at the resource fair at the beginning of this year.
She really enjoyed watching bakuhatsu moving around and recruiting people at the resource fair. She was also impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of the group during the open practices. Lastly, in order of preference, in Suzuka’s free time she sleeps, eats, does backbends with a clarinet, watch anime, listen to music, and waste time thinking about why she’s wasting time.
Vincent F Gemora
Chula Vista, California
Vincent first saw bakuhatsu perform at welcome week at UC Davis.
He really liked the energy that the group exerts. It’s fun, exciting, and overall a great time.
In his free time you’ll find Vincent painting, drawing, playing games, learning new things, playing his Ukulele, and watching shows online.
Pleasant Hill, CA
Mathematics with Teaching emphasis
Candace first saw Bakuhatsu at the New Student Welcome event where every performer was contributing to the spirit of the song and putting up such big smiles. She had never seen a performance like it before. The drums were more than just a beat and the people playing the drums were more than just musicians. After the Welcome event, she picked up the last taiko flyer from Daniel on a last impulse. Candace also saw Braden at the food trucks and decided to tell him that she loved his performance. She was entranced by the character he put on for the show. Candace enjoys playing the piano, guitar, watching k-pop and k-drama, playing video games, watching anime, reading manga, doing typical Asian things, enjoying nature, and running.
San Diego, CA
Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior
Maxine doesn’t remember where she first saw Bakuhatsu perform but she had a distinct memory of seeing them play and thinking it was cool. She missed playing music and performing so she decided to go to open practice after seeing how much fun the team seemed to be having when they performed. She ended up having a great time and decided that she really wanted to be a part of it. During her free time, Maxine listens to music, reads, casually looks at memes and dogs, and watches movies and shows.
Cinema and Digital Media
Michael first saw Bakuhatsu at the involvement fair performance. Michael has been interested in taiko ever since he was a kid. As a child, he would go to festivals hosted by his Buddhist church and the OCBC Taiko team would perform. However, he never joined because he thought that he was not good enough. He decided to join Bakuhatsu when he got to college because he saw a Bakuhatsu performance during the first open practice and loved the energy and atmosphere that they had. This along with his ever long love for taiko encouraged him to audition. During his free time, he likes to spend a lot of time watching movies, making movies, playing games, playing music and drinking hot tea. Fun Fact: Michael has tea flowing through his veins.
Sarina first saw Bakuhatsu perform at the New Student Welcome Celebration. Sarina liked the energy and the vibe the performance gave, and she love how the people who were performing seemed to have so much fun! During her free time, Sarina plays video games, watches anime, sleeps, and looks at memes. Sarina grew up in the Bay Area until she studied abroad in Japan during sophomore year of high school. After that, she spent her junior and senior year in a small school in Hawaii. Both of those schools had taiko teams, and frequently watching her friends perform inspired her to play taiko!
Psychology with an emphasis in Biology
Victoria saw Bakuhatsu for the first time on Picnic Day. When she was younger, she saw her cousins perform in the Stanford Taiko team. She always enjoyed their performances and told herself that in college she would look into trying out for Bakuhatsu. She saw that, at tryouts, the members were very welcoming and passionate about taiko. Even though she finds many aspects of taiko challenging, she loves it! Victoria likes to watch K-pop music videos, go running, play piano, or eat during her free time.
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Marine and Coastal Science Major
Amanda saw Bakuhatsu's Picnic Day 2017 float and knew immediately that she wanted to be a part of the team. When she started to actually attend UC Davis, Amanda saw Tomoki and Curtis at the Involvement Fair, and attended the second open practice. When she isn't practicing or watching taiko videos, Amanda practices other musical instruments, singing, writing, making wholesome memes, cooking, or studying. Sometimes simultaneously!
Orange County, CA
Chemistry, Forensic Emphasis
Makela started playing taiko in high school, and the group she was with at the time told her about Bakuhatsu when they discovered she was going to UC Davis. After Bakuhatsu performed at the New Student Celebration, Makela approached Yuki and Mikka to find out how she could join. After attending open practice, she tried out for the team. In her free time, Makela loves hiking, dancing, drawing, hanging out with friends, and other stuff needed for life.
Elk Grove, CA
R'iana saw Bakuhatsu perform at the freshman welcome rally, and as she was watching, had the thought that this team was something she really wanted to be a part of. In her free time, R'iana likes to play the flute, as well as read. Music in general is her biggest stress reliever.
Yajing (Elena) Li
San Marcos, CA
Forensic Chemistry Major
Bakuhatsu Taiko Dan performed at the pavilion for the freshman welcome event. Elena was drawn to the energy of the performance. Elena knew then that taiko was how she would want to get involved in college, although she did not try out until sophomore year due to schedule conflicts. Elena was glad she made the team and got to welcome such beautiful people in her life! She doesn't want to lie but she has probably devoted 1/3 of her life watching anime and playing games and another 1/3 sleeping. Her biggest hobby is being a full time anime fan. Elena also loves to EAT, sing, and drink boba.
Anthropology, Archaeology emphasis
Gregory was an undergraduate at UC Davis, where he first started playing taiko with Bakuhatsu Taiko Dan. Now, as a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology, he still loves playing taiko. Gregory tries to help younger members on their taiko journey and share taiko and the Asian American experience with the broader community. He founded the Davis Cherry Blossom Festival with his friend KB, an annual celebration of cultural diversity that brings in taiko groups and other artists from across Northern California. In his studies, Gregory is currently researching the evolution of the human microbiome through the archaeological record.
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