Medical student finds his beat giving back

Medical student finds his beat giving back

Matthew Taira, BS’15, MS’16, has centered his academic journey — eight years and counting — at Creighton around the motto of Ryusei Taiko, his taiko drumming group: kaizen, kansha, kokoro. 

“This means to continually strive for self-improvement, to harbor appreciation for what you have, and to play—to live—from your heart,” says Matt, a current student in the School of Medicine. 

Matt got into the centuries-old Japanese-style drumming in grade school and continued with the practice for 11 years. The connection between the drummer and the drum, the camaraderie of the group, and the choreography of the ensemble are all elements that resonate with Matt in his role as a student, teacher and Creighton Fund donor. 

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