Do something different in 2015...join a samba band

Last year's Roald Dahl festival parade in Aylesbury Town Centre

Last year's Roald Dahl festival parade in Aylesbury Town Centre

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If you’re thinking of making 2015 the year you do something different then try joining a samba band for their rehearsals.

From February 26, a professional tutor will hold regular sessions at Berryfields Community Centre to get the band ready for a performance at this year’s Roald Dahl Festival in Aylesbury.

The workshops will give people aged 16 and over the opportunity to learn a new skill, embrace an exciting musical style and meet new people.

Funding for the samba sessions has been made available from Section 106 agreement money from the development of Berryfields on the outskirts of Aylesbury. Section 106 money is paid to councils by developers in order to contribute to services and infrastructure in the local community.

The workshops will take place on Thursday evenings from 8pm to 9.30pm and cost £2 per person.

Councillor Howard Mordue, cabinet member for leisure said: “There aren’t many activities that tick so many New Year’s resolutions off in one go: Samba drumming is definitely trying something new and doing something with the community; I think it may even class as getting fit if you’re enthusiastic enough!”

Aylesbury Vale District Council say they are aiming to provide other opportunities for the band to perform after the Roald Dahl Festival in July, which may include the Paralympic celebrations for Rio 2016.

Anyone interested in taking part in the sessions can call 01296 585298 or email leisureservices@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk to book their place or get more information.