The Crespi Taiko Ensemble, under the direction of Blaine O’Brien, is an academically accredited high school class, teaching the Japanese art of taiko drumming. Since Crespi made the bold move to include taiko in its music program, Crespi Taiko has grown every year and continues to share the joy of taiko with students through education of the art form's origins, weekly training, and performance.

Crespi Carmelite High School, established in Encino, California, in 1959, is a four-year, college preparatory school for young men, owned and operated by the Carmelite Religious Order. It has an enrollment of approximately 600 students with an average class size of 22 members. It offers a curriculum satisfying all requirements for college entrance plus a wide range of special programs, including athletics, art, and drama.

For more information, contact Crespi Taiko Director, Blaine O’Brien at celtaiko@gmail.com.

Crespi Carmelite High School is located at 5031 Alonzo Avenue in Encino, CA 91316-3699 and can be reached at (818) 345-1672.