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Tour Driver Needed PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Leong   
Thursday, 24 January 2008
ImageThe amazing taiko group Shidara is preparing to tour the US again, and they are looking to hire a truck driver! They have asked us to post the following job announcement for a driver with a Class B license. Please click on the "read more" link to see the job posting. Be sure to contact Megan at Shidara directly.

Do you love the Western American states? Are you fascinated with world music, Japan, or the performing arts? Do you enjoy travel & meeting people from all over the world and all walks of life? If you answered yes to all of these questions you might just make a perfect driver for our tour!

We are a 16-person professional Japanese drumming group here in the states for a 6-week West Coast performance tour. Our drums need to be driven with us in a 24' truck from theater to theater up and down the West Coast almost daily throughout a 5-week period (March 26th through April 30). Our driver helps load and unload the drums, and drives them to the next site. There is a total of 3000 pounds of equipment, however the entire group does the load in and out, and we are used to doing this every day in Japan, sometimes twice a day. The truck and driver accompany the coach bus whenever possible.

Compensation is a per diem of $30/day, with all food and lodging provided, and all arrangements taken care of.

Position Duties:

  • Safely driving a 24' commercial truck with precious and heavy instruments ·
  • Seeing that the drums arrive well in time for our next performances
  • Performing & adhering to the set tour description & itinerary.
  • Accurately completing driver log book and tour expense records.
  • Conducting vehicle safety checks
  • Helping to unload and reload the equipment before and after our performances


  • MUST have a Class B commercial vehicle license with passenger endorsement
  • A clean driving record with no violations (no moving violations and/or accidents in the last 3 years)
  • Pass a pre-employment drug test
  • Friendly, punctual, reliable & trustworthy
  • Customer service orientated
  • Interested in tourism and travel
  • Be able to change a vehicle tire when neede
  • Be willing to travel and operate closely within our family-like entourage
  • Be flexible with a schedule that may require long stretches of driving but will not exceed safety standards 
  • Must have a mobile phone 
  • Bring a copy of your DMV driver's record. 
  • Capable of lifting 70+ lbs.
  • Have good people skills, a professional manner and able to work well independently. 
  • 3-5 years previous driving experience required.

We value honesty, trustworthiness & dependability. We are hard workers and team players. We are just getting our start in the US touring circuit, but have a promising future and would be able to provide more benefits to drivers in future tours.

If you feel that you are a good match, please contact Megan Chao Smith SHIDARA Management 30 Nakabayashi, Higashisonome, Kitashitaragun, Toei-cho, Aichi-ken JAPAN 449-0203 tel: 011-81-536-76-1708 fax: 011-81-536-76-1763 This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 January 2008 )
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