We’re the Suffolk School of Samba.

We perform music and dance inspired by Brazil, Cuba, Africa and our home town of Ipswich.

We are proud to be the original samba group in the region, getting started in 1994. We’ve taught and performed to thousands of people at hundreds of events across the country.

About the Suffolk School of Samba

We’re a group of non-professional musicians and dancers, from all across East Anglia. We love playing music and dancing but most importantly we love having fun.

We call ourselves a samba school after the large samba groups in Brazil. These groups often have thousands of members, and spend all year working towards a carnival where they compete against other schools in the area.

We’re not that big, and we’re more likely to perform in Brandeston than Brazil — but we do have lots of members, and work towards one or two big performances each year.

Like the groups in Brazil, most of our members aren’t professional performers. They’re people who fancy having a bit of fun and making some great friends and often haven’t danced or drummed before.

Sound interesting? Come along and see!

Join us


We're always looking for new people to join us. Just drop us a line!

Our rehearsals happen every Thursday from 7:30pm until 9:30pm. Here's a map to our rehearsal space.

Contact Us

We love to hear from people, whether its about joining us or getting us to perform for you.

We play at all sorts of events, big and small. Some of our favourites over the past few years include:

  • Ipswich Music Day
  • Olympic Torch Relay
  • Aldeburgh Carnival
  • Felixstowe Carnival
  • Centre Parcs Bonfire Night
  • Beccles Christmas Lights

Since our beginnings in 1994 we’ve performed to tens of thousands of people— could the people at your event be next?

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