Individual Tickets:
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$7.00-$8.00 Children
$8.00-$9.00 Adults
$3.00 Children under 2

Group Tickets:
School Year
$6.00 Children & Adults*
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$3.00 Children 2 and under
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Summer Season
$7.00 Children & Adults*
$3.00 Children under 2
*1 free adult for every 20 children

Taiko Drumming

Taiko Drumming
with Mark Rooney

Thurs., May 9, 2024 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Baird Auditorium, Natural History Museum

Recommended for Ages: 5 and up / Kindergarten and up


BOOM! Taiko drum artist Mark Rooney mixes the traditional power of this huge instrument with a modern vibe. His interactive performance rocks the house with massive sound and energy as participants learn some fascinating musical history and Japanese vocabulary—and have a chance to try their hand at playing these big drums!

Connections to the Classroom: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month; Music; Call and Response; Theater/Performing Arts

About the Artist: Based in the Washington, DC area, Mark’s credits as a performing artist span multiple continents and genres. He began his taiko career in Boston, MA as a performing member of Odaiko New England in 1998. He has since performed with several groups in Japan, and has performed widely in Europe and the U.S. as a touring member of Taikoza. Mark is a dynamic and talented performer, but his true passion lies with teaching taiko. In addition to serving as Odaiko New England’s Artistic Director from 2008 – 2010, Mark was the principal architect and instructor for their widely successful education program. He has also taught in after-school programs and colleges, as well as the Mark H Rooney Taiko School for students in the DC area. To learn more, please visit him online at


The 2023-2024 Discovery Theater Season is made possible by a generous grant from the Nora Roberts Foundation

Learning Guide

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