Samba Drumming

203 TUTOR: Sacha Johnson (Marlborough College BA Hons)

Spend a week learning to play the music of Brazil. Your tutor will guide you through the various instruments and their history as well as why, when and how Samba became the world's happiest music. The course will end with an impromptu performance. Absolutely no previous musical experience or training is required. Simply turn up and enjoy.

1 AM
AM course

Course Notes

The Course will have 3 main elements:


Throughout the Course you will be learning about the history of Samba music. This will include looking at its origins, its' influences and how it became the music of Brazil. We will also discover how this style has influenced music around the globe.

The Instruments

During the course you will learn about the various instruments used in Samba music, their names, origins, the role they each and crucially, how to play them.


To understand Samba music you have to play it, so during the course you will be learning how to play Samba music in a Samba. From learning the various names to playing the numerous patterns you will all get a chance to play some authentic Samba.

No musical experience necessary, just bring yourself and lots of enthusiasm!

Course Tutor

Sacha Johnson

Sacha Johnson

Marlborough College BA Hons

About Sacha

Sacha Johnson studied percussion at the Birmingham Conservatoire and the Guildha School of Music. This was followed by a Fellowship at the Tanglewood Institute in Boston. He enjoys a varied playing career as a freelance percussionist and performs regularly with many of the U.K. leading orchestras including The London. Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Opera House. He has also been a guest Principal Percussionist with The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia and Welsh National Opera. He has taught percussion at Marlborough College since 1997 and became the Senior Percussion Tutor in 2010.

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All courses run for 5 days

WK 1 8 Jul - 12 Jul

WK 2 15 Jul - 19 Jul

WK 3 22 Jul - 26 Jul

WK 4 29 Jul - 2 Aug

Morning Courses

9.15AM to 12.15PM

Afternoon Courses

1.45PM to 4.30PM

All Day Courses

9.15AM to 4.30PM