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Cambridge’s Community Samba Band

Bem Vindo! Welcome to Arco Iris, Cambridge's Community Samba Band.

Covid-19 update: We returned to band practice in May'21 and continue to arrange weekly sessions following the government guidelines.

We play the hottest (and loudest!) of Brazilian carnival rhythms. As a community samba band, all are welcome to join.  The first session is free, so come along! More details.

We welcome new players! Since returning to practice sessions in May 2021, we have changed our home from Bath-house to St Matthew's School. You can find us there on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm. If you have more questions about how to join the band or give it a try please get in touch with Jan Macleod at

Looking to book us? Our performances range from glittering carnival parades and storming club appearances to local charity events, private parties and music festivals. Our repertoire includes a range of different pieces, from traditional Brazilian and Cuban rhythms to original pieces written by our members. You'll hear everything from funk to reggae and everything in between. Book us

For more information about how you can protect your hearing while playing, please read our information about hearing protection here.

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