Taiko (Japanese drumming) was enjoyed in Lethbridge by a few people for a number of years prior to the formation of a not-for profit organization. A small group of less than 10 applied for and completed the process to form a society, enabling this Taiko passionate group of drummers to pursue funding opportunities to purchase the costly drums and other equipment required to participate in and share the love of Taiko with our community. In September 2007, the group was granted not-for–profit society status, and the new society was named Lethbridge Community Taiko Association (LCTA).
In 2008, LCTA applied for and received funding from Alberta Lotteries Foundation and the City of Lethbridge. These funds were used to purchase a complement of drums and equipment.
In order to provide Taiko opportunities to the community, LCTA established a drumming group and performed as Hibikiya from October 2008 – May 2014. As the sponsoring body, LCTA’s role is to administer the business affairs and financially support the drumming group.
Today Lethbridge Community Taiko Association has grown from that small group of less than 10 to over 30 registered members who love to drum. LCTA remains passionate about providing the opportunity for drummers of all levels to learn, perform and enjoy Taiko. We continue to administer and support our drumming group now known as Lethbridge Community Taiko (LCT) by maintaining and developing governance policies and funding strategies. Our current music director, Isaac Neufeld, delivers quality experienced Taiko instruction within LCTA’s policy and procedures framework. Together, we ensure LCTA and LCT remain strong, vibrant groups in our community .
New members to LCTA and LCT are always welcome. Anyone 18 years of age and older may become an LCTA member but may choose not to drum with LCT. However, in order to drum, you must be a member of the Lethbridge Community Taiko Association.