We are a group of samba drummers aged 8 upwards, led by our experienced drum tutor, Dan Dixon. We play for fun and enjoyment of the Brazilian rhythms and instruments, and we perform at community events.
We meet for occasional workshops at Ebchester Community Centre. Please contact Geoff on 01207 560 555 for details
Come along and give it a try! No need for previous experience, all welcome
UPDATE: Regretably this group is not operating at present as Dan is curently unavailable. We hope to be open for business again in the future once a new tutor has been found
A Samba Band uses Brazilian samba drums, including surdos, caixas, repiniques, tamborins and shakers.
There are three types of percussion instruments in a samba band. First there are the big bass drums, which hold the beat. Next there is the middle section, the caixas, chocalhos and repiniques – (and sometimes timbas) which fill in this beat with a detailed rhythm, creating its complexity. Finally there are the percussion extras, the tamborim, agogo, pandeiro and cuica, which elaborate on the rhythm.
Here are just some of the exciting instruments which we play
The Surdo is a big bass drum, which holds the beat for the rest of the group
The Repinique is a lightweight samba kettle drum, with nylon skins at both ends
The Timba is a conical drum which is played upright, using drumsticks, or can be played by hand too.
The Tamborim is a little drum which is held in one hand and played with a special flexible stick
The Agogo is a double metal cowbell with a flexible handle. The agogo is held in one hand and ‘hit’ with a stick held in the other hand
A Ganza is a hollow closed cylindrical shaker, made from metal, with small pebbles or beads inside to make a swishing sound when shaken.