There used to be night school at Urawa Accounting High School in Saitama Pref that started at 5 PM every evening. That is the origin of the drum unit “Hibiki”. Students, who had been uncomfortable at school and society due to lots of different reasons, realized that they might be able to change the situation by learning drumming. When they were about to know what they can do with drum, the school was closed down cruelly. Students did all their best to let people outside of the school know how much valuable their night school was to them.

The night school has been closed down in March 2008. A lots of sorrow, bitterness and emptiness were left. However, “Hibiki” decided to keep going on. Now “Hibiki” is supported by not only old schoolmates but also many other young people who love to drum.


HIBIKI – Requiem


●“Hibiki”’s numbers

“Hibiki” has a repertoire of more than 40 that includes not only traditional numbers long loved by locals such as “Chichibu Yatai Bayashi”, “Miyake Taiko” and “Hounen Taiko”, but also traditional dance such as “Kagura” and “Eisa”. Herebelow is typical numbers composed by “Hibiki”.

“Osampo (2007)” composed by “Hibiki”.
Harmonized with Katsugi Oke, Hiradou Taiko and Narimono.

“Bacillus subtilis(2010)” composed by “Hibiki”.
“Natto (fermented soybeans) Bacteria” in Japanese. That means a folk festival.

“Tomogara (2010)” composed by “Hibiki”.
An ensemble of different kinds of music instruments and rhythm.

“Miyabi (2010)” composed by “Hibiki.
Harmonized with flute, drum and Narimono.

“The Last Fort (2008)” composed by “Hibiki”.
Spurt of sorrow for closing down the night school of Urawa Accounting High School.

“Two Birds (2010)” composed by “Hibiki”.
Mainly played by Katsugi Oke Tako. The title is originated from Mikagura.

“Vision (2012)” composed by “Hibiki”.
Emblematic music of this drum unit, that will escort audiences to the world of “Hibiki”. The title was given by Mr. Yoneda, a costume designer of “Hibiki”.

“Oh-taiko (2011)” composed by “Hibiki”.

“Laws of company (2012)” composed by “Hibiki”.
A story of a man challenging the hardships of life looking for a slice of hope.

“Fairy (2012)” composed by “Hibiki”.
Full of images of sunshine, blue sky and storm with thunder.

“Blue Bee (2012)” composed by “Hibiki”.
Bees in Aso, Kyushu are named “blue bee” as a good-luck charm and loved by locals.

“Moon Rabbit (2013)” composed by “Hibiki”.
Images of rabbits dancing in woods highlighted under the moon.

“8931 (2013)” composed by “Hibiki”.
The number is address of “Hibiki”’s studio.

“Big Nine (2013)” composed by “Hibiki”.
This music was composed in a hurry so as to play in Kyushu, but was not played unfortunately.

“Stranger (2013)” composed by “Hibiki”.

Traveler in other words. “Hibiki” travels around, meet people and say good-bye to them.

“Luna (2013)” composed by “Hibiki”.
Both of tranquilness and disturbance can be caused under the moonlight.

●HIBIKI History

Hibiki is originated from musical class at night shift of Urawa Accounting High School. Some students showed great zeal for learning more about drumming, and they started up with school club activities under name of “Hibiki”, they made first performance at school festival. They were on many other different stages such as entrance ceremony, graduation ceremony, culture festival and so on.

Having trained hard, they proudly gave a recital at Saitama Cultural Center. Thanks to reputation, they got to receive offers of recital as well as drum lessons.

Second recital was held in 2004. Total 6 recitals were given until their high school was closed down in 2008. Until then they got supported by Urawa residents so that they were offered more than 20 recitals per year.

Recital named “Michi” was held in large hall in Saitama Hall. Drum Unit “Hibiki” established. They lost place for training by closing down their night school according to government decision. Their stage was full with audience mainly consisting of Urawa residents.

Hibiki had an office of their own in Okegawa, where they can have meetings and warehouse drums. Their activities expanded not only in Saitama, Okegawa but also in Ina. Second recital was held in March.

Challenging year for Hibiki. At recital “pororoka”, the entire program consisted of musics they made by themselves. At another recital “taikonojikan”, sound effects were carefully tuned up at an excellent hall. They forced themselves to work harder looking for higher quality.

Tsunami and earthquake in March 2011. Hibiki’s charity concert “eiga to taiko no jikan” was combined with a movie show “School in moonlight”. In July, Hibiki visited Ishinomaki where they played for people in sheltering houses and also held drum lesson for children. Then they proceed to concert tour in Tokyo prior to scheduled Japan tour. When the movie “tsukiakari” was exhibited to a movie competition in Skip City, Hibiki played there too.

Exact one year after the 3.11, Hibiki played the requiem in front of a supermarket in Ishinomaki. 2012 was the year of West Japan Tour. That was a challenge but Hibiki found it fruitful through total of 20 concerts and more than 10 workshops and seminars.

In January 2013, a concert named “we are here now” was held. Hibiki newly had a training center in Kodama, ideal place they can lesson as much as they like. In August, they resumed West Japan Tour. To take this opportunity, promotion video was made at Yo Shomei Museum in Kumamoto. They came back to Kodama for a concert. One more concert is scheduled in December.

A concert in Tokorozawa in January 2014 and the other in Okegawa in May are going to be held. Fukushima-Miyagi-Iwate-Aomori-Hokkaido Tour is in July-Sept.

HIBIKI Now&Tomorrow
“Hibiki” currently consists of 9 players and 5 stagehands, patronaged by “Hibiki Friendship Club” containing more than 100 fans.

“Hibiki”’s activities are of more than 20 recitals per year and drum school. The office is located in Okegawa in Saitama Pref., and studio in Kodama in the same prefecture. West Japan Tour 2012 ended up with total 20 recitals with a great success. They learn physical culture as well as performing arts traditions in Japan, and harmonize those in their performance. After success of Kyushu Tour 2013 summer, and Tohoku/Hokkaido Tour in 2014.

●Drum Lesson

Elementary course starts with stretch, home position and how to use sticks with different kinds of drums. Let’s learn an etude first, then proceed to traditional music in advanced course.
durm school
For Class 1 and 2, no lessons on Wed/Sat/Sun.
For Class 3, no lessons on Wed. Sunday to open at request.

Maximum 5 students in a class (which could be flexible).
【Entrance fee】 JPY 5,000/person
【Junior class】:
JPY 5,000/month including consumption tax of 5 %. Elementary school students of first grade upto 6th grade. Once a week. 3 lessons a month. 50 minutes each.
【Senior class】:
JPY 6,000/month including consumption tax of 5 %. 3rd grade of elementary school students upto high school students. Twice a week. 6 lessons a month. 75 minutes each.

●Offer of recital
Offer is acceptable at any time. Please feel free to contact us.
Hibiki Butai

・Recital at event
Wedding party, shop opening and any other different ceremonial occasions.
A band consisting of 2-6 players. Approximately 20-40 minutes.

・Recital at school
School events or a part of curriculum at gymnasium, audio-visual room or school hall.
A band consisting of 4-7 players. Approximately 60-90 minutes. Drum lesson can be added at cost.

Recital fully dressed by stage director and producer.

A band consisting of 6-9 players. Approximately 90-120 minutes. Official recital with perfect settings at concert hall. Program is flexible at request.
Recital fee is negotiable. Please feel free to contact us.
Costume can vary. Traditional, contemporary or colorful costumes at request.
Rehearsal or trial may be needed. Additional costs and travel expense if any to be added.

It would be our great pleasure to make many people happy to learn about traditional drum, dance and songs.

A documentary film of the night school of Urawa Accounting High School, as a body of “Hibiki”, was awarded many prizes, in which “Hibiki” players and Hirano as their teacher are shown. If you are interested in education, recital can be con-joint with a talk show and the movie show of “Moonlight School”. http://tsuki-akari.com/