Virada Drums specializes in advising schools, universities, and community groups in purchasing Brazilian percussion instruments for their programs. Please contact Virada Drums for advice on selecting instruments and ordering. Discounts are offered for larger orders for schools and institutions.
Carl Dixon has presented workshops on Brazilian bateria percussion in many schools, helping schools start Brazilian percussion ensembles and working with students playing Brazilian percussion instruments. Carl is available for clinics and workshops internationally and for free consulting on starting a Brazilian percussion ensemble or adding Brazilian percussion to an existing ensemble (percussion ensemble, drumline, jazz band, choir, etc.).
The practical benefits of a school Bateria ensemble include:
-Relative low cost of instruments
-Flexible instrumentation and size of ensemble
-Flexible repertoire; can play for short or long time periods
-Ensemble is mobile and can play while moving. Can play in parades, marching band shows, etc.
-Can play for athletic events
-Well suited for outdoor performances
-High energy music
Musical benefits of a school Bateria ensemble:
-All music can be taught by ear and can be memorized
-Different instruments are easily accessible for all levels of percussionists and non-percussionists
-Develop rhythm and ensemble listening and playing skills
-Develop rhythmic “swing”
Included in this handout are some basic samba rhythms and a glossary of terms and instruments.
Here is an example of drums and accessories I recommend for a 16-member bateria to play Samba and other rhythms in the style of samba school baterias from Rio de Janeiro. I am happy make recommendations on sets of instruments for different styles and sizes of ensembles. Just contact me.
Group discounts on large orders are available.