For some Dublin City School students, last week's spring break was anything but.

For some Dublin City School students, last week's spring break was anything but.

About 60 Davis Middle School and Scioto High School students spent last week learning from taiko teacher Eitetsu Hayashi.

Hayashi ran students through workshops that began with stretching and warmups and then on to practice taiko, a Japanese form of festival drumming. The workshops were part of an artist-in-residency program that brought Hayashi to Dublin from Japan.

"Eitetsu Hayashi is in his 40th year of drumming," said Scioto junior Rachel Kaldor. "He's 60. I have great respect for him. When I see him play, it's like, 'Whoa.'"

Kaldor was part of the older and more skilled group that met with Hayashi for workshops over spring break. Hayashi's workshops were divided by skill level, with a few evening workshops for Capital University students, said Dublin taiko director Susann Barrett.

Kaldor has been part of the taiko group since seventh grade and said the workshops helped clean up the performance that includes drumming and yelling.

"He's modifying our songs and making it look a lot better," she said.

Scioto senior Sravanti Tekumalla said it's nice to get direction from the man who wrote the song being played.

"He gives a different perspective to what we do," she said. "He composed the song, so it's nice to have the composer's perspective."

Tekumalla has been involved in taiko for seven years and she loves introducing the little-known music to people.

"I love anything music-related and it's a great group of people to work with," she said. "A lot of people start to learn about Japanese culture because of taiko drumming."

Junior Rachael Rockwell said she got involved in taiko six years ago because it seemed interesting.

"I like the shock factor we give people," she said. "People don't know what to expect."

For Davis Middle School eighth-grader Sonia Pattisam, performing is her favorite part of being involved in Dublin Taiko.

"I saw it at my school's art festival and I really wanted to try it. I really like it," she said. "I like when we go to a performance I feel special."

Last week's artist-in-residency program culminated in the taiko gala March 24, an event at which the student groups, Hayashi and others from outside the district performed.

The spring break visit wasn't Hayashi's first time in Dublin, though. The taiko program started in Dublin after a 2004 visit; Hayashi taught 20 students who passed the knowledge down to others.

The visit also led to a trip to Japan.

"After Eitetsu left, he asked us to come to Japan," Barrett said. "The original group raised money for one year and then went and played a concert."

The visit also included temples and other sightseeing stops in Osaka and Kyoto.

Many current Dublin taiko members are hoping for a trip to Japan, but will have to settle for a trip to Disneyworld in June for now.

"We were the first American high school group to play there three years ago," Barrett said.

The taiko program is exclusive to Davis Middle School and Scioto High School and students can join any time, Barrett said. The group meets weekly for 90 minutes and often performs at schools and corporate events.