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samba WORKSHOPS

The Samba Experience is a carnival style Brazilian drumming workshop that is innovative, unique and most of all fun! Can you imagine your group performing a tight Samba for the rest of the company? This is absolutely attainable in this energetic, fast paced and entirely “hands-on” workshop using Brazilian rhythms and instruments.

 

No prior musical knowledge is needed, just energy and enthusiasm.

The session normally lasts 90 minutes, and at the end, the group will be energised and ready to perform a samba batucada with an intro, breaks and a powerful ending, either as a band to an audience or as an asset to your company.

The Samba Experience is different from other drum workshops using African rhythms and instruments. Samba is the carnival music of Brazil... The workshops incorporate simple and achievable rhythms - played together they produce a powerful groove. Guaranteed to be the highlight of any program.

All drum workshops should build motivation and encourage teams as well as being enjoyable.The Samba Experience difference is that it also offers:

  • The opportunity to play four different rhythms on four different instruments 

  • A model of leadership methods

  • Communication skills

  • Inter-departmental communication 

  • Individuals' roles and responsibilities

  • Creativity and risk taking

 

The workshop

After introductions and some fun and relevant warm ups of body and hands, the group will be split in four sections to play the following instrumments:

·   Surdos, the big bass drums
·   Tambourims, the higher pitched hand held drums 
·   Ganzas, the Latin shakers 
·   Agogos, the pitched bells

Each section plays a different rhythm that together create a Samba Batucada.

After the leader has introduced the 'Call to Stop', each section will move round to the next group of instruments (the Surdo players will go to the Tams, Tam players to Ganzas, etc.)

When the group is swinging again, a new 'call' will be explained, mastered and then each group will move round again. By the end, everyone will have played all instruments.

TESTIMONIALS

"TOM'S EXPERTISE WITH PLAYING, TEACHING AND EXPLAINING THE INSTRUMENTS CAPTURED MY TEAM'S ATTENTION, AND GOT OUR DAY STARTED IN A FUN, NOVEL WAY THAT WORKED BRILLIANTLY WITH OUR COMPETITIVE GROUP DYNAMIC. HE INJECTED NEW ENERGY AT THE END OF A TIRING DAY, AND LEFT EVERYONE SMILING AND WANTING MORE. BRAVO!"  

ROBERT TOMKINSON / MANAGING DIRECTOR / SHOPPING.COM,AN EBAY COMPANY BASED IN SYDNEY

 

"INNOVATIVE... THE MOST ENJOYABLE EVENT I HAVE EVER ATTENDED WITH THE COMPANY." 

ANDREW S. MITCHELL / DEPARTMENT TRAINING COORDINATOR / 
THE STANDARD LIFE ASSURANCE COMPANY

 

"TOM HARDING IS EXTREMELY TALENTED, ENTERTAINING AND INSPIRING. HE HAS A CHARASMATIC ENTHUSIASM AND DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE WHICH MAKES HIS WORKSHOPS A FANTASTICALLY REWARDING AND LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE. THE TRUTH IS THAT HE HAS REVOLUTIONISED WILDERNESS SOCIETY CAMPAIGNING BY GIVING OUR VOLUNTEERS THE RESOURCES, SKILLS AND CONFIDENCE TO MARCH WITH SAMBA STYLE AND BE THE FOCAL POINT AT MAJOR ENVIRONMENTAL DEMONSTRATIONS. HIS BAND, SAMBA NINJA, HAVE ALSO BEEN THE STARS OF THE SHOW AT OUR FUNDRAISING EVENTS. THE FACT THAT HE IS A POM IS OF COURSE AN ADDED BONUS!! I CAN'T SPEAK HIGHLY ENOUGH OF HIM... OR THEM."

MAL FISHER / COMMUNITY CAMPAIGNER / THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY (SYDNEY)

 

"ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC... EXCEEDS ALL EXPECTATIONS OF A TEAMBUILDING EXERCISE..." 

ANDY CLEWER / PARTNER / ERNST AND YOUNG

 

"IT'S DIFFICULT TO IMAGINE HOW ONE PERSON CAN GENERATE SO MUCH ENERGY AND ENTHUSIASM, BRINGING OUT THE LITTLE BIT OF MUSICAL TALENT WE DIDN'T KNOW WE HAD. TOM DID A FANTASTIC JOB AND WE HAD A WONDERFUL TIME - WE'LL BE TALKING ABOUT IT FOR YEARS! THANK YOU" 

ANDY REDFERN / DIRECTOR / STROUD & COMPANY (EUROPE) LTD

 

"A LEADER AND A TEAM PLAYER... PROFESSIONAL AND TRUSTWORTHY." 

PAUL BOURNE / MENAGERIE CORPORATE TRAINING

 

"FOCUSED, FANTASTIC... THE ULTIMATE TEAM BUILDING MODEL ...YOU BANGING IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN ME BANGING ON!!! " 

TIM BISHOP / REGIONAL DIRECTOR BBC, EAST

 

"THE BEST ACTIVITY WE HAVE EVER DONE! TOM IS AN AMAZING INSTRUCTOR AND EVERYONE HAD GREAT FUN. WE WILL DEFINITELY REPEAT THE EXPERIENCE IN THE FUTURE." 

IWONA JANISZEWSKA / KIMBERLY-CLARK HEALTHCARE  

 

"I DON'T KNOW HOW HE DID IT, BUT WITHIN MINUTES WE HAD A SAMBA BAND IN FULL SWING."

NICK WOOD / WRITER / ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY