Back to School/New Beginnings!

We got back to the rehearsal space yesterday afternoon, tired but happy with a good week’s work behind us.

This is the time of the year when a lot of our school work re-commences after the Summer break, and it involves a lot of planning, scheduling, organising instruments, etc, even before we set foot in the classroom.

This week, we started back in Marino College and St. James’ National School, and both went extremely well, although hard work.

We also has the first week of our beginners course, and while numbers are small, the energy is great, and we feel we can get a lot done in the remaining five weeks we have available to us.

In addition, we had some of our crew back in rehearsals with our youth project on Thursday, and had a really positive session, getting loads of work done, and also doing a little planning with the kids for what we might try to achieve between now and the end of the year.

Also, this week, we had our first regular rehearsal with our new ProMark drumsticks! For such a long time, we have been frustrated by a huge crate of random sticks, and it taking forever to find a decent matched pair. Late last year, we got a grant as part of the Music Network/Arts Council Music Capital Scheme to buy some new instruments and sticks, but we had been holding out to get the best deal we could and make the money go as far as possible.

Some of our new ProMark sticks, just waiting to get hitting things!

Some of our new ProMark sticks, just waiting to get hitting things!

We are delighted to announce that ProMark/D’Addario and their Irish distributor Keynote, have put us on an artist deal, which significantly reduces the cost of the sticks. As well as it allowing us to buy more sticks with the money we had available, it is an open ended deal, whereby we can get stuff at a reduced rate in the future, so it was well worth the wait.

Also, the band are delighted with them, so it’s a win-win for us all!

Finally, on Friday, we saw what we think is the last of the builders who have been developing an apartment at the front of our building. The really made a huge mess and disrupted a lot of our work over the last couple of months, so while most them were nice guys and all, it’ll be great to see the back of them!

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Masamba Samba School is Ireland's premier Afro-Brasilian music and dance group.
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