Thank you for coming!

We would like to thank everyone who came to ECTC 2018 this year, it was our honor to host! We tried our best to make it an event to remember, and are sure it’s a time we’ll never forget.

Of course there is always room for improvement, and last year’s post conference survey heavily influenced our planning for this year’s conference. If you had a positive experience, or if you have suggestions for us so that we and future organizers can improve on, we would truly appreciate hearing from you! Check your emails, and please fill out the survey by 11:59pm PST on Sunday, February 28th.

Note: If you are using Gmail, check the Promotions tab to find your post-conference survey email. If you don’t see a message from us, look in your Spam folders. If you still can’t find anything, send us an email at

Kris Bergstrom’s essay on “Unity Through Diversity”

ECTC is coming up in just a few days, and one of our workshop leaders, Kris Bergstrom, has written an essay based of off this year’s theme Unity Through Diversity.

“I was so inspired to hear the theme of the 2018 ECTC, ‘Unity Through Diversity’!  This concept feels like the core of our music and all of percussion. It’s the differing timbres of the shime, okedo, nagado, odaiko, kane, and flute, playing at different moments within the bar, that combine to create groove. I was so inspired… I finished an essay I had been struggling with for three years. I publish it here in celebration of ECTC and with the hopes that it encourages even greater diversity within our community.”  — Kristofer Bergstrom

To read his full essay, click here!

Classy fundraiser

The East Coast Taiko Conference needs your help! In order to make this jam-packed weekend accessible to everyone – keeping the cost of registration low and the final concert free and open to the public – we rely heavily on donations from our community. We have been incredibly fortunate so far, thanks to the support of our workshop leaders, participants, and conference sponsors, but there is still more to do.

Taiko Tides members have organized a fundraiser on Classy to ensure we meet our funding goals and can make this conference an incredible experience for everyone involved. Please help us by donating today! You can donate to the main fundraising page, or check out our individual pages to learn more about the organizers’ stories and why we have devoted our time (and souls) to ECTC 2018.

For more information, visit:


We just got information on how to pre-order items from Asano Taiko U.S.! Check out the “marketplace” page for more information on vendors.

Here’s a letter from Asano Taiko with ordering instructions:


Dear ECTC participants!

Asano Taiko U.S. is accepting pre-orders for ECTC! Enter ​discount code ECTC18 to receive free shipping and to pick up your product(s) at ECTC! OR, you can use the link below to order from our online store and receive free shipping automatically:

Feel free to email if you have any questions. Looking forward to seeing many of you at ECTC!

registration is closed

Registration is officially CLOSED! Thanks to the overwhelming amount of support, we’ve hit our participant cap way earlier than anticipated. A heart-felt “thank you!” goes out to everyone who has made this conference possible.

If you’re interested in attending ECTC 2018, but missed your chance to register, please feel free to sign up for our waiting list here. In the event of a cancellation, we will contact you as soon as possible.

Thank you, again. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone in 3 short weeks!