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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 and continue to arrange weekly sessions based on limited numbers allowing for social distancing.

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 band practices in May 2021, we ask our players (new or existing ) to fill a sign-up form before coming to practice sessions. So please click on the link below, fill the form and come along. We are looking forward to play with you! Sign-up form  If you'have more questions please contact 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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