FaT Samba

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Committee Members

Chair Chris Mardle Chris
Admin, Bookings and Webmaster Andy Paterson andy
Treasurer and Gigs Co-ordinator Andy Paterson Andy
Musical Director Andy Paterson Andy

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Bookings

We are a band with between fifteen and twenty five performers, playing (loud) lively percussion tunes with a Samba influence.
We play at : Carnival processions and parades on the Island, but also on the mainland,
Village fetes and shows,
Community events,
Charity events,
Weddings, celebrations.
We do interactive sessions at many of the fetes and shows, where members of the audience are invited to have a go at playing a drum, and learn a simple groove.

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Platform One and Rupert Brown brought samba to Isle of Wight in 2003, forming RaW Samba, and introduced many to the exciting carnival rhythms of Brazil. In 2004, the band split and a West Wight band was formed - FaT Samba, (named after Freshwater and Totland).
We are a community based non-profit band, of all ages.
New members are always welcome, the best time to join is Autumn or Spring before the busy carnival season.
You don't have to read music - it's listen, look and play.
This website has its own members section which aims to help members learn the grooves and keep them informed about oncoming events, socials, etc.
We play many grooves, mostly of afro-brazilian origins -style include : Samba, Rio Samba, Samba Reggae, Maracatu, Congado. Videos are available on the the website or on YouTube.
The cost per rehearsal session is £4. Uni Students and Under 18's are £1 each. The first rehearsal attended is free, and you can try out any instrument ( subect to availability ).
Under 16s MUST be accompanied by an adult throughout the rehearsal and at events. The subs, along with performance fees, pay for the band’s instruments, their repairs, hall hire, insurance, and socials, etc.
As a band we aim to use the winter months to practice our grooves and learn new ones, ready for the summer season.
We loan out instruments to band members, but you are welcome to bring along your own.