Dd play Vamos!

Drumdin is Newcastle’s first community samba band and is open to anyone interested in playing percussion. We have members of all ages and abilities. No prior experience necessary.

You have found the website of Drumdin, the oldest and largest community samba band in the North East. We are a fairly motley crew of drummers and percussionists, whose mission is to make quality music whilst having fun. We are always open to new members, no matter what your ability. We are also available to bring a piece of ‘Rio Carnival’ to any event you’re hosting. Please feel free to have a good look around our website. There are many interesting sights and sounds. Then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

History

Drumdin is a community samba band based in Newcastle/Gateshead. We started in 1993 in response to a request to assemble 100 drummers for the Tall Ships gathering at Newcastle quayside. In the following 20 years, some of the original members are still playing in Drumdin, some have gone on to become professional musicians, while some, on the other hand, hadn’t been born yet!

Members

Dd play Vamos!

Dd play Vamos!

Today we don’t have 100 drummers, more like 25, but that still makes us the oldest and largest samba band in the North East. Our numbers have increased steadily over the last year or so, and there is always room for a few more. As an open community band, new members are always welcome. It doesn’t matter if they’ve never played samba, drums, or any musical instrument before. There is no music to read, no auditions, and no pressure to play in gigs if they don’t feel they’re ready (although after a couple of Wednesday sessions most newbies are at the front of the queue to play to an audience).

Leaders

Dd play Vamos!

Dd play Vamos!

Over the years different leaders, teachers, and members have brought to us a variety of new tunes, original compositions, and adaptations of “traditional” samba scores. These range from thumping crowd-pleasers to more technically challenging pieces.

We always try to play the best we can musically, to stretch ourselves technically, perform enthusiastically, but most of all we have great fun.