This Mardi Gras, we marched in the Muses Parade with the Bloco Sereia Samba Ensemble, with about 40 drummers and fifty dancers, along with several very large puppets. We are learning to play the small Brazilian drum called the tamborim, which might be one of the loudest instruments on the planet. You hold it in one hand and beat it with a bundle of nylon rods, either damping the sound with your finger on the inside of the drum, or letting it ring out. We are pictured here getting ready to march.
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