Six months of practices have led to this: my audition for St Louis Osuwa Taiko’s performance group! I would be lying if I said I was NOT nervous. I am going into this audition without knowing what to expect. Obviously, they will expect us to perform the songs we learned in class. But what else will the audition entail? Will we be quizzed on taiko history? Japanese terminology? Sight-reading music? Complex taiko drills? I have no idea. I do know that I will try my best to keep up with whatever the judges throw at me. I am confident that I know the songs from class, and I have been studying as much taiko information as I can cram into my head. I just hope I can recall all the Japanese names when quizzed on the spot. The closer we get to the audition date, the more my nerves and anxiety rev up. I have talked myself out of auditioning countless times in the past few weeks. But then my friends and family talk me back into it. It has been a huge mental battle with myself. A repeat of the shyness & nerves that almost prevented me from even signing up for the Beginner’s Class back in September 2011. No matter what happens at the audition, I will continue learning & playing taiko, whether as a member of the Performance group, or continuing on with the Community Group. I have found this new passion for taiko drumming, and don’t plan to give it up any time soon.