MaSamba is a Company Limited by Guarantee with No Share Capital and also a Registered Charity. We are managed by a voluntary Board of Directors drawn from the membership of the group and from other sectoral interests.
Brian Treacy (Chairperson)
Brian has extensive experience in organising artistic and street events since 1982, providing Safety Statements and risk assesment statements as required.
Brian has worked for Cork City Council on such events as the Tour de France and the Tall Ships Race. He has also worked with performance companies Macnas and Spraoi as well as Opera Northern ireland, Opera Ireland, Opera Theatre Company, Castleward Opera and many more. He is currently Technical Manager at Liberty Hall Theatre.
Derek Bolger (Treasurer)
Derek Bolger (BA Hons, Dip. Mus. LGSM, Instructors Certificate RSPBA (Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association).
Derek Bolger began playing in pipe bands at the age of 10, and quickly gained a reputation as an accomplished and versatile percussionist.
Derek has played extensively in pipe bands, military bands, marching bands and with various opera societies.
In 1979, he joined the Army No. 1 band where he played until 1994, only moving on to become the percussion instructor in the Defence Forces School of Music. He currently holds the rank of Major and regularly performs with both Army bands, the Army Pipe Band, and the joint Defences Forces band, as well as instructing other percussionists through the school of music.
Derek also plays piano to Grade 8.
Sarah Bermingham is a current member of MaSamba’s adult band, having joined in 2017 after moving to Dublin from Wexford.
Sarah’s love of street performance was first nurtured after she joined the Bui Bolg street arts youth group in Wexford as a teenager. Later, Sarah joined Bloco Garman samba band in the town. Between both groups, she gained experience performing in festivals and parades from the national St. Patrick’s Festival parade in Dublin to the much smaller spud festival in Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford and all sorts in between!
Sarah works as Communications Co-Ordinator with the ISPCC, Ireland’s national child protection charity.
Conor ‘Kickass’ Casby was born in a hail of bullets during an earthquake of his own making. Since this time, Casby is reported as having never looked back.
During the late 70’s Casby trained the A-Team. He has never been pictured in the same place as the Incredible Hulk. Or Batman.
Every list of legends that he has appeared on has exploded in mysterious circumstances.
Mysterious to everyone except one man.
Ray Corcoran is a youth worker working in Poppintree Youth Project. He has been involved in community youth work since his teens, over 30 years now. He has been involved in Masamba since not long after they they started. Ray briefly got involved in politics and served as a Dublin City Councillor for five years.
Julie is a current member of Masamba, and is also involved in the Monday band. Julie works in telecoms and holds a degree in Public Relations from Dundalk institute of technology. She has also been involved in her local community pantomime for the past 10+ years, and currently sits on the committee as their Child Welfare Officer.
Simon has been a member of MaSamba since 2009.
He has worked as a software developer and senior software development manager for over 20 years and is changing his career. He is studying a BA(Hons) in Art Psychotherapy and spends his days as a Youth Mentor at Trinity College, on their Coding and Media Technology Transition Year programmes.
Simon is also a keen painter (he holds a BA in Visual & Performance Art) and likes to compose electronic music and tinker with synthesizers in his spare time.
Dr. Caroline Elbay is a Lecturer at Champlain College Dublin (a satellite campus of Champlain College, Burlington, VT.) and CEA Study Abroad (Dublin), where she teaches courses in Irish literature; Academic Writing; Popular Culture & Irish Identity; and Irish music. She is also International Internship Manager at Champlain College.
Caroline has taught on the ALBA Modular degree programme at All Hallows College (Dublin City University), where she was a member of both the Programme Board and Exam Board; and on the Intergenerational Learning Programme at Dublin City University. Committed to the concept of adult education, Caroline is co-founder and facilitator of a life long learning programme at the Dublin James Joyce Centre.
A graduate of St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra (Dublin City University), where she earned a B.A. (Hons) in English, and Music. Caroline subsequently undertook postgraduate studies at Trinity College Dublin, where she read for both the Higher Diploma in Education, and an M.Phil in Anglo Irish Literature. She is an experienced educationalist, and has taught at primary, secondary and third level.
Caroline was awarded a PhD. by Queen’s University Belfast (2016), where her thesis (‘Joyce, Bloom, Sex and Character: A Comparative Study’) focused on representations of gender, anti-feminism, and anti-Semitism in the works of James Joyce and Otto Weininger.
Enjoying a lifelong interest in Irish writers, Caroline was awarded the inaugural National Library of Ireland James Joyce Dedicated Scholarship in 2008. She has lectured widely on the works of Irish writers, and particularly James Joyce, both in Ireland and abroad, including the International James Joyce Symposium in Utrecht (NL), DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama, Dublin, Trieste Joyce Summer school, where she facilitates the ‘Dubliners’ seminar, and the Annual Lecture Series at the Dublin James Joyce Centre, where she also facilitates the ‘Ulysses for All’ study groups.
Mel MacGiobúin is the co-ordinator of North Inner City Drugs Task Force. He has experience of community arts policy and practice, particularly in an urban context. He is active in local community projects. He is a poet. He was a founding member of Happy City Samba School.
Aisling Twamley works as an Airport Search Unit Officer at DAA Dublin Airport. Aisling has been interested in Samba music from the young age of 10 where she attended a weekly workshop lead by Masamba at her local community centre in Ballymun. Aisling then went on to join Masamba’s youth band for a number of years and now today as a busy working mother attends Monday and Wednesday band rehearsals on a weekly basis.
Simeon Smith (Co. Secretary, Non-voting)
Simeon is MaSamba’s Manager. A full biog for Simeon can be found here: http://www.masamba.com/learn-samba/about-the-teachers/