Batalá Durham is an open community band that takes members with all levels of experience! Currently we’ve got close to 30 members, but we are always open for people interested in joining us. Whether you are a professional drummer or have no musical experience, you’re welcome to check us out. Our current members range from professional musicians to part time hobbyists to complete beginners. We’re an open organization for anyone regardless of age (over 18 unless accompanied by an adult), sex, religion, race, and musical experience.
There is currently no cost to come to a rehearsal. We play the drums listed on our Drums page and the band supplies the drums. Beginners usually start on one of the surdos, though people with previous musical or drumming experience may be able to start on other drums. Once members join (show up to rehearsals enough to learn the songs and are working towards performing) we assign a drum, ask for an uncashed deposit on the drum and costume, and some personal items may need to be purchased for your instrument (sticks, mallets, belts). We also ask for a small monthly donation to help cover costs. Bringing knee pads to all rehearsals is highly advised as the drums are not gentle on your knees.
Unfortunately we’ve grown so much this summer that we’ve run out of extra drums for beginners to play so we’re taking names of people interested in joining and looking to source more drums. Since all of the drums come direct from Brazil it makes it harder to get more, but we’re working on it. So if you’re interested, fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch!