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Brazilian Samba – Primary – 10 Player Class Pack – Buddies

£547.00 exc VAT

Age 6+

  • Instruments 10
  • Players 10
  • Buddies 5
  • Stock: 17
  • Low cost starter solution for smaller classes
  • Perfect for lunchtime and after school groups
  • Includes world-leading teaching support
  • For serious, long term use in the classroom or community
  • Can be taught by class teachers as well as music specialists
  • Appropriate drum sizes for 6 years upwards

This ‘Brazilian Samba – Primary – 10 Player Class Pack – Buddies’ has everything you need to get your Primary (KS1/KS2) Samba drumming group off to a flying start.

The Pack includes 3 big, aluminium Surdo drums, a Repinique, a Caixa snare drum as well as 5 smaller instruments, giving you a wide range of authentic Samba sounds as well as making it easy to split group into “Buddy” pairs, each with a bigger and smaller instrument. Although the drums have been selected to be suitable sizes for players from 6 to 11 years old they are all also perfectly fine for teenagers and adults.

The top quality kit is made in Brazil by Izzo, specialists in Samba instrument making since 1960. The three  big Surdo drums nest inside one another making for a very compact and efficient set with regards to storage space. Please note that the padded surdo beaters shown in the pack photo have been superseded by stronger, traditional style wooden beaters.

Also included are two teaching guides by World Music expert Andy Gleadhill; ‘Brazilian Samba’ and ‘Percussion Buddies’. The books are designed for non-specialists as well as music teachers and will take you from the basics through to your first performance in just 10 lessons, and there’s plenty of repertoire for a year or more of playing, plus online audio and video support. The Percussion Buddies book will show you how to develop percussion accompaniments for almost any piece, whether drumming, choral, ukulele or any other ensemble.

There’s also lots of FREE online support – see the “Documentation” section below for free PDF downloads of the Primary Scheme of Work or click here to see all the Brazilian Samba teaching resources, which also include a selection of useful videos.

Special storage/carry bags are available and will help to prolong the lives of the instruments, as well as making it safe and easy to move them around for events.

  • This is a product image of the Brazilian Samba - Primary - 10 Player Class Pack - Buddies. The products are laid out and include the following; Back Row - One Nesting Surdo - 14in diameter, aluminium, Izzo (Green), one Nesting Surdo - 16in diameter, aluminium, Izzo (Yellow), one Nesting Surdo - 12in diameter, aluminium, Izzo (Blue). Second Row - one Repinique - 12in diameter, aluminium, Izzo (Silver), Andy Gleadhill's Brazilian Samba Book, Andy Gleadhill's Percussion Buddies Book, one Caixa - 12in diameter, aluminium, Izzo (Silver). Third Row - One strap for the Caixa, four straps for the Surdos and Repinique, one Tritone Samba Whistle (Apito), three Tamborim - Izzo. Front Row - One Agogo Bells - Medium, one Pandeiro - 10in diameter, Izzo. All of the drums have a suitable beater or stick lying on top of their skin.
  • This is a product image of the Surdo - Nesting - 12in diameter, Izzo. It is blue in colour with black trim and has a black synthetic head. The instrument is standing upright.
  • This is a product image of the Surdo - Nesting - 14in diameter, Izzo. It is green in colour with black trim and has a black synthetic head. The instrument is standing upright.
  • This is a product image of the Surdo - Nesting - 16in diameter, Izzo. It is yellow in colour with black trim and has a black synthetic head. The instrument is standing upright.
  • Agogo Bells - Medium with beater separated angle. They are made of one section of matt black metal folded back around so that the two bells are near to each other. One is larger than the other to create two different pitches. This shot has been taken from the side and slightly above and faces up and to the left. The beater lying next to it.

Product Information

The approach

The Drums for Schools collaborative learning approach is modelled on traditional approaches to teaching and learning world music styles, adapted to the realities of the western classroom by expert Andy Gleadhill.

In traditional cultures learning is based on following the leader and by repeated “doing”. There is generally no written notation but the music tends to be easy to remember and basic instrumental techniques are simple, and so there are no major barriers to learning. Learning takes place in groups, usually of mixed ability. The playing also has an important social function – for accompanying ceremonies or events – and it’s very much a cooperative effort.

Translated to the classroom this results in a teaching and learning approach which is:

Collaborative – the class or group is engaged in an activity in which everyone – teacher and pupils – work together and help one another to achieve a common goal: the performance of a piece of music.

Inclusive – the musical styles are “foreign” and there’s no notation – so they present a level playing field where less academically able pupils are not disadvantaged. And there are easy and more difficult parts in every piece and so players of every ability can be involved and stay engaged throughout – no-one gets left out.

Accessible – the instruments are all easy to play and most pupils will be able to make a good sound after just one lesson, and the whole class will be making an impressive sound together after just a couple of lessons. It’s possible to include all sorts of “disabilities” and we’re always ready to advise on particular cases – contact us.

And the net result of accessibility, inclusivity and collaboration is something quite spectacular – extraordinarily fast progress. Nothing succeeds like success and after just a few lessons most classes will develop a genuine “esprit de corps” and you really will be seeing and hearing performance-level playing within a terms worth of lessons.

But the benefits are not just musical – the collaborative approach and the intensive listening and cooperation involved also develop pupils (and teachers!) life skills and so you’ll see a wide range of improved social and personal skills and a general improvement in “team spirit” and togetherness.

What's included

Included are:

    • Agogo Bells – Medium x 1
    • Andy Gleadhill’s Brazilian Samba Book x 1
    • Andy Gleadhill’s Percussion Buddies Book x 1
    • Caixa – 12in diameter, Izzo x 1
    • Pandeiro – 10in diameter, Izzo x 1
    • Repinique – 12in diameter, Izzo x 1
    • Samba Belt – 2 open hooks, suitable for Caixa or Surdo x 1
    • Samba Sling – 1 open hook, suitable for Repinique or Surdo x 4
    • Snare Drum Sticks for Snare, Caixa or Repinique x 2
    • Storage Carry Bag for Inside 12in Surdo x 1
    • Nesting Surdo – 12in diameter, aluminium, IZZO x 1
    • Nesting Surdo – 14in diameter, aluminium, IZZO x 1
    • Nesting Surdo – 16in diameter, aluminium, IZZO x 1
    • Surdo Beater – wood, DfS x 3
    • Tamborim – 6in diameter, Izzo x 3
    • Tamborim Beater – 3 prong, Izzo x 3
    • Tritone Samba Whistle (Apito) x 2

Please note that the padded Surdo beaters shown in the photo have been superseded by stronger, traditional style wooden models.

The books will tell you everything you need to know to set up the group, get started and develop to performance standard via staged lesson plans. No musical training or knowledge of musical notation is required – just some enthusiasm!

Online access to recorded examples of all of the exercises in the books is included, as are free, downloadable PDFs of a Primary Scheme of Work (see Documentation section below).

Please note that for reasons of stock availability we may need to make the occasional substitution of the more minor pack components. If so, we’ll always ensure suitability/equivalence and we’ll always clear any significant changes with you in advance.

How it's made

Our Surdos, Repiniques and Caixas are all made in Sao Paulo Brazil by Samba experts Izzo. The bigger drums are pressed from aluminium sheet.

Our Pandeiros and Tamborims are also made by Izzo in their Sao Paulo factory and the shells are injection moulded from ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), a high performance plastic that’s also used to make Lego, clarinets, amongst many other things.

Care & maintenance

Our Surdos, Caixa, Repiniques and tamborims are all genuine Brazilian instruments, made by specialists Izzo in Sao Paulo and they’ll give satisfaction for many years, if you treat them with care and follow the guidelines below.

Before or after each session

It’s good practice to wipe down all the instruments and beaters with a damp cloth and to check the tuning adjusters on each drum, to make sure there are no loose nuts. At the same time check the tension of each drum head. If a head seems slack, or if you find a loose adjuster, loosen all the adjusters on the drum, so that the’re just thumb tight, and then tighten them up using the supplied mini spanner in the sequence shown below.

This PDF document describes the sequence for tightening the tuning adjusters on Samba drums. It tells you how to tune a set of Izzo nesting surdos 14", 16" and 18" but the same principles can be applied to any drum with tuning adjusters.
How to tune a Samba drum

The following video shows an Izzo technician replacing and tightening a nesting surdo drum head.


Just click on a document name below to download it.

The SoW zip file contains the full term’s set of lesson plans and these are also available separately. Please note that, although called a “Primary” Scheme of Work, it’s actually suitable for any age of player, from 6 years to adult who are beginning their Samba playing and working towards their first performances.


The best quality materials and manufacturing methods are used to make our Brazilian Samba instruments and accessories and they’re designed for serious, long term use in the classroom. Looked after properly the instruments will give many years of satisfaction, and under normal use the materials and workmanship are guaranteed as follows:

Surdos, Caixas, Repiniques, Tamborim and Pandeiro shells – 1 year. But take special care with bigger drums as the aluminium shells can get dented if treated roughly. This won’t affect the sound but it will certainly spoil the appearance.

Drum heads – 6 months. But always use appropriate beaters (please ask us if you’re not sure) and beware sharp points. Drum heads are the most fragile part of any drum and you should expect to have to replace them regularly, especially if they’re getting lots of use. Please note that the hard plastic skins of caixas, repeniques and tamborims may quickly show dent marks, but that they can still be played.

Samba Hand Percussion – 1 year. Agogo bells and Ganza are tough and will take plenty of use but don’t drop them, especially on to hard surfaces, or throw them around.

Storage/carry bags and accessories – 2 years. But keep bags away from sharp points and don’t over-fill them or force the zips.

If you should get any problems with any of our Brazilian Samba instruments or accessories, please take photos of the issues and email them to us with the order/invoice number and a brief description of how the problem arose and we’ll get back to you right away.

Do remind your players that Samba instruments are not indestructible and that , like all musical instruments, they need to be treated with care and respect, even when played with enthusiasm!


We work with a small number of specialist logistic companies to deliver your order quickly and economically. The delivery method varies, depending on your location and the size of the order, as follows:

UK Locations

Orders weighing less than 1kg and not too bulky – Post Office First Class. This would include books and smaller percussion instruments.

Orders weighing more than 1kg or lighter but bulky orders – Courier, next working day delivery. Most orders are sent this way and should arrive next working day after dispatch.

Very bulky orders – Pallet service, 3 working day delivery. For very big orders and those with more fragile contents. Timing is from dispatch date.

Please note that delivery to offshore or Highland addresses may take longer and may cost more than to UK mainland addresses and we’ll quote and agree the costs with you in advance.

International Locations

Orders weighing less than 1kg and not too bulky – Post Office Airmail. This would include books and smaller percussion instruments.

Orders weighing more than about 1kg and very bulky orders – international courier or pallet service. We’ll obtain competitive quotes and agree these with you in advance.

Please note that it’s fine to go ahead and place your international order and that there’s no commitment on your part until the delivery costs have been quoted and accepted by you.

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