Kristy Oshiro

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Kristy began playing Taiko at age 9 with Kona Daifukuji Taiko of Kona, Hawai'i. While being a member of Portland Taiko's Touring Ensemble for 6 years, she received a BA in music performance in percussion from Portland State University. In 2006, 2008, and 2010 Kristy was the Assistant Road Manager for the US Tours of the professional Japanese Taiko group 'Shidara' and continues to support them as their US operations coordinator. In 2009 she performed with Tiffany Tamaribuchi and members of Shidara in Asano's 400th Anniversary Concert in Ishikawa, Japan. Kristy is currently an instructor at Sacramento Taiko Dan, Creative Director of Placer Ume Taiko, and tours internationally with Taikoza.