FaT Samba

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Committee Members 2019



Chair Paula Churcher paula
Admin, Bookings and Webmaster Andy Paterson andy
Treasurer and Gigs Co-ordinator Sylvie Poulton sylvie
Musical Director Chris Jones chrisj

Platform One brought samba to Isle of Wight in 2003, introducing many to the exciting carnival rhythms of Brazil. FaT Samba, (Freshwater and Totland) was established in 2005. We are an open band that welcomes others. Beginners are welcome, no experience neccessary! ( but if you can already play, you are very welcome )

For gigs there is a dress code of PLAIN red top half including a red headdress and white bottom half.
Occasionally this may change, for example, at Mountbatten Hospice Gigs we wear yellow tops, and we now have an alternative top of Hawaiian shirts.
FaT Samba fabric logos are also available to sew onto any plain red tops you may have. £1 each - first one free!

When you first join the band you may feel a bit overwhelmed by it all, but with time you’ll begin to feel the grooves and playing along will become a lot easier. Please ask for help if you feel you are drowning, or have not understood what the band leaders are explaining. We want to help you become part of our band and it is important that you feel you are able to ask for help!

Ear protection must be worn during each practice session and during performances. Ear plugs are provided free of charge, by the band.  Better earplugs are available at approx £10 a pair - e.g. ER20.  We don’t wear our “uniform” at rehearsals.

This website has its own member's section which aims to help members learn the grooves and keep them informed about oncoming events, socials, etc. Please ask Andy , our site’s webmaster, if you need any help with the site.
We play many grooves, some of which have been recorded and these are available on the member's section on the website or YouTube.
If you do not have access to the internet please let Andy know and he can provide you with a printed copy of our gig lists and newsletters.

The cost per rehearsal session is £4. Uni Students and Under 18's are £1 each. The first rehearsal attended is free, and you can try out any instrument ( subect to availability ).
Under 16s MUST be accompanied by an adult throughout the rehearsal and at events. The subs, along with performance fees, pay for the band’s instruments, their repairs, hall hire, insurance, and socials, etc.

As a band we aim to use the winter months to practice our grooves and learn new ones, ready for the summer season.
You can bring and play your own instruments if you have them, but we loan instruments to band members. To borrow an instrument, please see a committee member and you will be asked to fill in a loan form. There is some storage of spare instruments at the hall. Sticks, beaters and straps are available initially for new members to borrow, but members are requested to purchase their own.

We are fortunate to have Chris Jones as our Music Director. Chris plays in several Island bands and has led us now for many years.
If you have any ideas for new breaks or grooves, please see Chris and he will test them out and then try out with the band.
Any suggestions for possible new gigs are welcome - see a committee member - or talk to Sylvie or Andy who are our gig co-ordinators.
Any questions - please feel free to ask.
May your time with Fat Samba be exciting, challenging and rewarding!