The Swindon Samba Band couldn’t have asked for a better day for their first ever live performance at Wharf Green in Swindon’s town centre. The band formed just 6 months ago and has transformed from small a band of novices into a great samba percussion band.
Newest recruit Bridget Fitzsimmons said "Four days ago I went to my first ever samba session and today I’ve played in front of an audience in the middle of town! Most of the players have to remember a variety of different rhythms and breaks so I played the shakers today as there’s less to learn.”
The Swindon Samba Band has a core membership of around 20 people and would like to grow – anyone over the age 14 or over is welcome to join regardless of whether they have percussion experience or not.
Samba Band chairwoman, Jo Beal said "We’re a voluntary community group which means we want to appeal to as wide a range of the local community as possible, both as the audience and as members. I’m so pleased at how quickly the band has developed into a friendly, performance group from a small number of keen beginners only 6 months ago"
The band’s leader, Luke Winton, is an experienced percussionist and tutor: "The band has to learn a lot of signs to know when to change rhythms. We’ve all worked really hard, and I’m proud of how good we’ve become so quickly.”
Local resident Marion Parsons watched the band play: "I’ve really enjoyed sitting in the sunshine and watching the band – I’d never seen or heard a samba band before, they create a great atmosphere"
The band will perform next as part of the Purton Carnival parade on 12 June.
Anyone interested in joining the band, or booking them for an event, can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information – and some video in case you missed the performance – see www.swindon-samba.co.uk