Playing with Sambando

How do I join?

Whatever your previous experience of samba, there are ways for you to get involved with Sambando. If you already have experience of playing samba, and we have vacancies in the band we can fast-track you, depending on our gig commitments. Please send your details to

Next taster sessions:
Sundays 12,19,26 Nov, 3 Dec,
5-7pm at Leicester University

Most people joining Sambando have no prior percussion experience. So if you're new to samba, the first step is to come along to one of our taster sessions and really get a feel for how you get on with the rhythms and the instruments. And remember, hardly anyone in the band had prior musical experience.

You can come to one or several sessions. Each week we learn a different piece. And then if you're really gripped by the samba bug and there are vacancies in the band, you can start coming regularly to rehearsals and learn the various pieces that we play. We rehearse weekly on a Sunday evening at Leicester University. Summer tends to be the busy gig season but we get bookings throughout the year. So the opportunity is there to play with us at live gigs.

What will it cost?

The taster sessions are free. If you eventually join Sambando our normal band subs which all members pay are £10/£7 (concessions) per month for general band upkeep.

What will I need?

You will need a pair of earplugs – it's not that we're bad, just very loud! We provide disposable earplugs for the taster sessions, but band members use reusable DJ-style earplugs. You don't need your own instruments or any experience to join. You must be aged at least 16 (14 or 15 if accompanied by a parent or guardian), but there is no upper age limit! For performances the group wears clothes in individual styles but in the band colours of black, bright orange and/or bright purple together with a band t-shirt.


The sessions book up quickly so to reserve your place(s) please contact our members co-ordinator at


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