Based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50, Olá Samba brings samba drumming workshops, evening classes and teambuilding workshops to the whole of the Cotswolds, including Gloucester, Stroud, Cirencester GL7 and Swindon plus Oxford, Oxfordshire, Worcester, Worcestershire, Wiltshire and even as far as London, Surrey, Sussex and Kent.

 

Heirs and Graces Chelteneham

Samba Drumming Evening Classes

Have fun, make friends, perform!

Weekly classes between Cirencester and Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

One of the highlights of the week, great band and supportive people.  Learn something new that's exciting and fun.
- Heather, Cheltenham
Thank you very much for all that we have learnt at your brilliant classes. We have both really enjoyed the whole experience. 
-Lynda, Cirencester
It's given me so much more than learning the rhythms and techniques; it has given me fabulous experiences and some great new friends.
-Sarah, Bourton-on-the-Water

 Tuesdays: Beginners | Wednesdays: Performers

Griffin Theatre, Rendcomb College, Gloucestershire, GL7 7HA

7.00-9.15pm

FREE first session!

What can I expect when I come to an Olá Samba evening class?

Fun, high-energy drumming, expert tuition, a friendly group of people and a good challenge. 

After a little while, you'll be ready to join us in all sorts of performances throughout the year!​

Beginner or Performer?

'Beginner' means those just starting out, those looking to learn a new instrument from scratch or go back over the basics. 'Performers' means those who are happy to take on the whole set including choreography and ready or getting ready to perform at gigs.

The details

After your free first session, it's just £4.50 if paid termly or £6 if paid on the night. 

All equipment is provided. Some people find it helpful to bring a notepad to help learn new bits of material.

Turn up 15mins before the start time to allow time get kitted up and say hello. Park in the main school car park as directed by signposts. Please be respectful of the fact that it's an active boarding school.

 

We're a very friendly bunch and normally go for a little social drink afterwards too.

Contact David for more information.

Can I do it even if I've never drummed before?​

Absolutely. Olá Samba's evening classes are open to all and anyone is warmly welcomed to any rehearsal. Some new members are already competent musicians but many have never picked up an instrument in their life! All new members are made to feel welcome and encouraged to learn things bit by bit. The beginners' sessions are great way in for all to start with.

What is it?

Learn to play the drums of a Rio-style bateria (drumming group). Learn samba from the Rio Carnival alongside a wide range of traditional Brazilian rhythms and original grooves inspired by music from around the world like Funk, Bhangra, Drum & Bass...

 

Does it matter if I make a mistake?

Of course not. Everyone is trying their best to make the music sound as good as possible and mistakes are part of that. Over an above the music, it's a fun class to be a part of and meet new people.

Am I expected to come to every rehearsal?

We know things crop up and get in the way, but you will get more out of the group if you aim to come to every rehearsal, especially at the beginning. 

When can I join in with performances?

Ask David when you think you're ready to move up to the performers' sessions. How long this will take will depend on your previous experience and how much time you can dedicate to practising at home. Then after a little while playing with performers you'll be gig-ready!

Read more about the ethos of the Olá Samba Bateria.

We're now extra green! We offset estimated carbon emissions for each class! This includes your travel to the class.

Gloucester Rugby
American School London
Cheltenham Ladies' College
Northleach Run Gloucestershire
Severn View Primary Academy Stroud
Stratton Primary School Cirencester
Bishop's Cleeve Primary Gloucestershire
St Gregory's Primary School Cheltenham
Cirencester Kingshill School
Old Trafford Crckt Ground, Ashes
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