We are Whitstable’s open access, not for profit, community samba band.
Since forming in 2007 we’ve gone from strength to strength, performing at many varied venues across the district including the opening of Whitstable’s famous Oyster Festival & Canterbury Festival.
Samba Pelo Mar, translated from the Portuguese language of Brazil, means ‘Samba on the Sea/Seaside Samba’. Based on a Samba style, our music is adapted and fused with world rhythms mostly composed by our Musical Director, Ann Day.
We’re an eclectic bunch of all ages, shapes, sizes and skills brought together to experience the thrill of playing uplifting and dynamic sounds in a large band. We practice every Tuesday from 7-9pm at Whitstable Junior School. Fees consist of a one-off joining fee and subs by standing order every month.
In 2009 a lottery grant from Awards4All allowed us to expand our diverse band whilst an additional award from Kent Grass Roots in 2010 has given us chance to further develop our technical skills.
We’re keen to embark on outreach projects throughout this year including free Samba sessions during Oyster Festival week. Our public sessions have proved incredibly popular, with many a novice enthusing about the terrific buzz they get from playing within our band.
The band members also get a buzz teaching newcomers and sharing our sounds. With over 60 enthusiastic members, we march on, always excited to see what the next season brings us.