International Percussion Ensemble

Overseen by Carolyn KoebelK's International Percussion Ensemble is a unique percussion ensemble experience.  The ensemble brings together individuals with varied musical backgrounds from K College, nearby institutions, and the general community in the common study of West African and Japanese Taiko drumming. 

Kalamazoo College West African Ensemble

Led by Nathaniel Wallerstudents receive hands-on training in various forms of West African drumming style, principally using Djembes.  

The ensemble meets once a week for the duration of the academic quarter and culminates in an interactive public performance.

K College International Percussion Ensemble

Kalamazoo College Japenese Taiko Ensemble

The Kalamazoo College Taiko Drumming Troupe welcomes all students to join in the exploration of this exciting Japanese art form. The class meets twice each week and performs at various campus events, including AsiaFest in the spring.

Instructor Esther Vandecar, professional taiko performer and teacher in the USA and Japan, is an ambassador of Taiko-passing on the joy it has given her for the last 25 years.  She looks forward to performing as support for all the people that will fall in love with this wonderful art form.

Listen to examples of past performances:

Maya Maya




Interested participants may contact Susan Lawrence at 269.337.7070 for more information.