I first came across Celebration Samba at the Worthing fireworks on the pier in November 2019. On what was a "fresh" evening, they put a smile on my face with the sound of music and lit up with fairy lights.
After thinking about how much I would like to give it a go, I wrote the email, mentioning this and that I have never really played an instrument.
Quickly I received a reply inviting me along to a rehearsal and that it didn't matter I had no experience of playing an instrument.
I Went along a little nervous in January 2020 for my first session. I received a warm welcome, some advice on which instrument to start with, (Tam) and stood next to Clare.
She showed me the rhythms and encouraged me throughout. I did hit a few "bum" notes and carried on when I should have stopped, but it didn't matter and nobody seemed to mind too much!
I came away feeling great and looked forward to going again the following week.
Over the next few weeks, I tried the Tam again, Rep and Surdo drums, before the final option for the Rep.
After about nine sessions we had to stop due to Covid. Once restrictions were allowed, I couldn't wait to get back to playing and meeting up with the Samba family again. I have now played at five outdoor gigs, Hasting Pirate Day, Crawley Pride and various Worthing festivals. So apart from putting a smile on my face and giving me the feel-good factor, I can see it doing the same for those who see and hear us play. Just as it did for me when I first saw them.
So, if you are reading this and think you would like to give it a go, all I would say is "do it".