To provide an opportunity for Club teens to learn samba music – a highly-enjoyable, energetic, and social musical style from Brazilian and African traditions – and to develop skills for making music together as a community ensemble.
Through samba band, teens will
• learn about Samba and Brazilian traditions and history, including how African traditions and musical ideas came to Brazil and it's current role in Brazilian and other cultures.
• Develop artistic skills playing multiple instruments and rhythmic parts
• Participate in a social experience that develops musical and personal listening skills, leadership, camaraderie, and commitment to growth of the individual and ensemble.
• Have opportunities to represent the Club through performance for other club
members and out in the local community.
Samba music is the music of South American celebrations - nation-wide gatherings around Carnival time in Brazil – and a point of pride for neighborhood samba schools. From samba, many styles of music have grown to reflect different aspects of Brazilian culture; some with serene melodies, others highlighting political messages, and even others based on loud, danceable electronic music. This ensemble will focus on the parade-style batucada that bring people from afar to fill the streets of Rio de Janeiro with music and dancing.
Although we will learn about samba, members of the samba band will spend more time making samba; developing various instrument techniques, learning to hear the “conversation” among different instrument groups, responding to calls by the drumming leader, moving as a unified mass of musicians (with our own special style), and gaining confidence by practicing all those skills in tandem. Samba schools prepare their pieces for an entire year and provide the driving energy of the annual Carnival celebration; our group will create pride and excitement for our local Boys & Girls Club members, families, and community.