The Japanese drummers paced themselves, and delivered each strike with precision and flair.
In the audience, Verdugo Woodlands Elementary School first- and second-graders let loose, air drumming, heads bobbing and shifting side to side with each beat.
The school hosted a taiko, or Japanese drum, gathering Wednesday, a cultural assembly designed to tout diversity across the school, organizers said.
The assembly had a particularly relevant theme for the school's three new dual language immersion classes, officials said.
"It's a perfect example of what we're doing," said Kayoko Fujii, a first-grade Japanese immersion teacher. "They are learning rhythms and patterns in math."
But they're doing 50% of it in Japanese. The Foreign Language Academy of Glendale, which houses the district's dual language immersion programs, expanded to include Verdugo Woodlands this year.