John Paul Mendes
John Paul has been a Koshio Gumi member and Ken Koshio Jakara for over 5 years. As a brass/percussionist and martial artist, he has performed with various marching and competitive band groups. He was a member of Momentum Percussion Theater in 2005-06 and a trumpet player for the Academy Drum & Bugle Corps (2007). He was also on the trumpet line for the ASU Sun Devil Marching Band (2008-09). As an apprentice of taiko drums, John Paul has performed with Ken Koshio at many Arizona and California venues, in addition to being a cast member of Sakura No Ne (Root of the Cherry Tree) in 2012. He has also studied taiko in Hiroshima, Japan in 2015 from Koshio's master, Munakata Itsuki.