Missing Marquette

By Shigeyo Henriquez

We left Marquette Sunday morning, feeling a bit gloomy like the weather in Marquette, over cast and 37º, but our memories of Marquette were warm and welcoming. People were appreciative and responsive to our music.

First workshop at Northern Michigan University, we were pleased and surprised to find the students and the professor had some great knowledge of Japanese culture and music.

The elementary, junior and high school students loved getting involved in playing Japanese rhythm and Taiko drums. A student of Gwinn High School got on the stage and played his guitar with the ensemble. His face filled with excitement and joy—it was his highlight of the day.

By Sunday evening, we were missing Marquette already.

Dan Truckey and his son learn to play the taiko drums during a workshop.
Dan Truckey and his son learn to play the taiko drums during an elementary school workshop. Photo by Shigeyo Henriquez.
Elementary school students watch students perform with the Japanese musicians.
Elementary school workshop in Marquette, Michigan. Photo by Dan Truckey.
Students happily try their hand at the large taiko drum.
University workshop. Photo by Dan Truckey.
A Gwinn High School student plays with the band on stage.
Gwinn High School workshop. Photo by Shigeyo Henriquez.

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