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Brazilian Samba – Primary – 5 Big Drums Set

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Age 5 - 14

  • Instruments 5
  • Players 5
  • Stock: 18

This set contains the following items:

Product Quantity

1x Caixa - 12in diameter, Izzo

1x Repinique - 12in diameter, Izzo

1x Surdo - Nesting - Primary 3 Pack, Izzo

4x Samba Sling - 1 open hook, suitable for Repinique or Surdo

1x Samba Belt - 2 open hooks, suitable for Caixa or Surdo

3x Surdo Beater - plush, DfS

2x Snare Drum Sticks for Snare, Caixa or Repinique

1x Andy Gleadhill's Brazilian Samba Book

Full Teaching Support Included
  • 3 Nestings surdos + Caixa + Repiniqe
  • Top quality Brazilian drums
  • Slings and beaters included
  • Appropriate drum sizes for players from 6 years upwards
  • Includes world-leading teaching support

This ‘Brazilian Samba – Primary – 5 Big Drums Pack’ contains 3 big, aluminium Surdo drums, a Repinique and a Caixa snare drum, as well as beaters, sticks, slings and belts appropriate to each instrument.

Also included is World Music expert Andy Gleadhill’s ‘Brazilian Samba Book’. The book will take you from the basics all the way through to your first performance in just 10 lessons, and there’s plenty of repertoire for a year or more of playing within.

The top quality kit is made in Brazil by Izzo, specialists in Samba instrument making since 1960. The three Surdos nest inside one another making for a very compact and efficient set with regards to storage space.

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.

Here are links to other selections you may find useful:

  • This is a product image of the Brazilian Samba - Primary - 5 Big Drums Pack. 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 Drumming Book, one Caixa - 12in diameter, aluminium, Izzo (Silver). Front Row - Two straps for the Repinique and Caixa, three straps for the Surdos, one Tritone Samba Whistle (Apito). 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.
  • BS-ca12-Izzo - Caixa 12in diameter, Izzo - IZ5973
  • BS-re12-Izzo - Repinique 12in diameter, Izzo - IZ5972

Product Information

What's included

Please note that Surdo beaters may be either Izzo or DfS models.

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.


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 up to 5kg – Courier 2 to 3 working day delivery. This would typically include books, smaller instruments, percussion baskets and djembes up to 40cm.

Orders over 5kg – Courier, next working day delivery. Most orders are sent this way.

Large orders – Pallet service, 3 to 5 working day delivery. Used for large orders and those with more fragile contents.

Please note:

  1. Above timings are from dispatch date. Time from placing your order will usually be one or two days longer, depending on the order and destination.
  2. 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. Please note that in these cases it’s fine to go ahead and place your order, and there’s no obligation on your part until the delivery costs have been quoted and accepted by you.
  3. For some destinations, where a courier service isn’t available, we may send by Royal Mail instead.

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 large 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 prior to confirming shipping costs, and that there’s no obligation on your part until the delivery costs have been quoted and accepted by you. Payment for international orders, including shipping costs, is required before dispatch of the goods.


Please let us know straight away if anything arrives damaged or otherwise in a substandard condition and we’ll be happy to replace it, refund the cost or provide you with an alternative product to your satisfaction. Speed is of the essence here as most courier companies will only accept responsibility for damage in transit if the damage is reported within 24 hours of delivery.

 In the event of damage, please take photographs, including any damage to the packaging, and email these to us ASAP.

Similarly, if an instrument  develops a fault within 12 months of purchase in the course of normal use (though excluding fair wear and tear), please let us know, and we’ll replace it or refund the cost. It’s also very helpful for us to see photos of the issue as this gives us solid information for changing the design, the production method or the packing materials.

But please do contact us before returning any damaged or substandard items. Once we’ve approved their return, please send to:  Drums for Schools Limited, 21 Shaftesbury Avenue, Burton Joyce NG14 5GL 

We really appreciate your feedback in the case of faults (or if you think an instrument could be improved in any way) and we take all such feedback very seriously indeed.


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.

In this set you have the best sizes of each of the drums for primary aged learners.

Andy Gleadhill

With this pack you will be able to demonstrate and rehearse key Surdo rhythm patterns, as well as effective call and response patterns.

Richard McKerron

All you need to get instantly started in creating authentic Brazilian rhythms. An Ideal starter for school Samba Band.

Andy Gleadhill

The rhythms and layers of sound that make up Brazilian Samba Music are an ideal way learn good time keeping and rhythmic pulse.

Andy Gleadhill

A good choice for use in multiple classrooms by younger students.

Richard McKerron