Benjamin Pachter joined JASCO in 2017. His connection to Japan began during his post-graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, where he studied Japanese language and culture while pursuing an ethnomusicology doctorate. He wrote his dissertation on the musical history of contemporary taiko performance in Japan and the United States. Ben is also a performer of taiko. Currently, he serves as Assistant Director of Dublin Taiko in Dublin, OH, the largest K-12 taiko organization in North America, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Taiko Community Alliance.