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 session:
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.
If this first experience inspires you and you want to take it a little further, then you can also come to the other taster sessions where you will learn different samba pieces.
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.
We generally run our taster sessions in the Autumn, but if enough people express interest we can arrange additional sessions throughout the year. To express interest in attending a taster, contact our members co-ordinator at