About the band
Samba Doc emerged out of a series of samba workshops that took place in Pembroke Dock throughout the autumn of 2008. The workshops were supported through the communities first music trust fund and music on the move and were led by Fliss Fleck a samba teacher based in West Wales. The purchase of a starter kit of samba instruments was made possible through a small grant from the Communities First Trust Fund.
The series ran for eight weeks and was a great success with an average of around ten people attending each week. The project culminated in an outdoor public performance at the head of the annual Pembroke Dock Midwinter lantern parade. The band got drenched, but the buzz and excitement of this first public performance was not easy to forget and Samba Doc was well and truly on its way.
Since then the band has performed at over 150 public performances and several weddings.
Our recent beginners’ course, in 2017, resulted in 15 new players joining the band.
About our name
It’s self-explanatory really: Samba – because we play the kind of drums and other percussion instruments found in a typical Brazilian samba batacuda and Doc – the welsh spelling of Dock relating to our home town of Pembroke Dock.
About the instruments
We currently have: sets of Surdo drums of various sizes: samba snare drums and repinique drums; a selection of smaller hand percussion instruments including tamborims, samba agogo cowbells, timbau, triangle and ganza shakers.
Update on instruments: With income from our performances we have been able to buy more instruments so that we can spread the pleasure of drumming further out into the community and get more people involved.
We have around 50 active members of all ages from teenagers to pensioners, so our rehearsals provide a rare opportunity for a truly inter-generational experience. On Thursday evenings we meet in St Teilo’s church Hall, Pembroke Dock, but are from all over the UK with different backgrounds and range from accomplished musicians to those with no previous musical experience.
About our repertoire
To date we have concentrated on mastering pieces that combine the traditional samba sound with reggae, ragga, hip-hop and funk influences. In performance variety and excitement is created through the development of breaks of varying complexity along with call and response patterns.
We are continually developing new pieces and performance techniques to expand our range for an increasingly crowded gigs list which includes processions and parades at community events around the county, and further afield, as well as workshops and performances at larger events in the events calendar such as Pembrokeshire Fish week, Tenby Spectacular, Fishguard Carnival, Laugharne Carnival, Ironman, Pride Cymru etc.. We have also entertained guests at several local weddings.
We are open to new bookings so feel free to get in touch through our contact page.