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Dates for 2022/23

Muthers Studio Birmingham
14 Rea St South, B5 6LB
September 18 (OPEN DAY 1)
October 9 (OPEN DAY 2)
November 13
December 11
January 8
February 4-5 (Sat & Sun weekender)
March 5
March 26

April 23
May 14
June 11

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Places are limited and are sold on a first come first served basis.

Existing members can sign up right away. For new members, please note that if you register and pay, but have not been invited to register, you will be charged a £7 admin fee and we will return the rest of your payment to you. Get approved here.

What level do I need to be?
The rehearsals move at a medium to fast pace with participants expected to learn the material in a short space of time and study it in-between rehearsals. We are looking for musicians who play professionally or unprofessionally, music teachers and talented music enthusiasts. This band is not suitable to people who are new to music.

We use - Surdo 1st, 2nd, & 3rd, Caixa, Repique (comun and mór), Tamborim, Agogô, Chocalho and Triangle.
Drummers are asked to choose one instrument to play for that year. Some arrangements may mean that you will be asked to play a second instrument. Rehearsal videos are made where possible and a link to them can be found in our members area.

About the rehearsals
Rehearsals are held once a month on Sundays from Sept - June 1200-1700. The February rehearsals will be a Saturday and Sunday weekender. We will have a social or gig on the saturday night.

Held at professional rehearsal studios in Birmingham. Some rehearsals will be attended by our singers and string players.

Band members will be invited to be part of any necessary social media groups to share information.

Limited spaces are available in each instrument group. Therefore we cannot guarantee that you will get to play your first choice of instrument. But whatever you play there is loads to show you and we will endeavour to work best with your skill set so you get the most from the course.

There are loads of great arrangements, rhythms, choreography and songs which participants will need to learn in a short space of time. The result however is a very tight, powerful, well tuned, contemporary bateria.

Members area
There is a dedicated members area on this website that you will be given a password to when you sign up. There you will find links to rehearsal videos, written notation of the rhythms, and a sign up form for gig attendance. Please do not share the videos and notation with people outside the band.
News on these will be given to members as soon as we have some bookings. We will also aim to do a gig early in the year.
We will provide members of the bateria with a t-shirt to wear for gigs.

The purpose of these rehearsals is to prepare a show to be performed across the year. The set lasts for about 60 minutes. Past performances include Womad, Glastonbury and Rio Carnival. We are aiming for some large scale events for 2022 and 2023.

In 2019, among other great events, we headlined the Street band encontro in Glasgow and Coburg samba festival in Germany.

Rhythms covered - Samba (done a few different ways), Coco, Quadrilha, Xote, Ciranda, Funk, 12/8, Ijexa, Maculelê plus a few of our own rhythm inventions, lots of breaks, stops, calls, responses, songs, choreography and great arrangements. Plus the added bonus of being tapped into the wider Brazilian percussion community in the UK, Europe and Rio.

Please read our full terms and conditions here

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