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BJamba – Our Samba Band

A community percussion group based in Penrith, Cumbria
specialising in Samba!

About Us

BJamba are a popular community samba band based in Penrith, Cumbria. Led by Josh Jackson, the group come together once a week to play drums, learn beats, practice moving and playing at the same time, which prepares us for busy seasons of performances all over Cumbria and beyond. Participants range from 8 year olds to retirees – and you often spot a baby or two strapped to parent’s backs joining in with the music too! 

We have a history of different leaders all with their own style and energy – including Ben Parkinson, Mark Park, Paddy, Jilly Jarman, Charlie, Jen Leah, Jake Heald, Karen Barbier and Ruby Slinger. Currently BJamba is led by Josh Jackson.

BJamba have performed at events such as the Winter Droving, Solfest, Penrith May Parade, Penrith Halloween, Kendal Torchlight, Ulverston Lantern Festival, and many other local village events and festivals.

BJamba rehearsals are on Tuesdays from 6-7:30pm. At the moment, newcomers are starting off at our sister band BJamba HORNS, which rehearses also on Tuesdays at BlueJam Arts Space 5.30-6.30pm. This band is quieter and also has melody instruments as we don’t parade but do static gigs.

Please get in touch if you would like to join.

BJamba HORNS (go to BJamba HORNS page HERE)

How To Book Us

We love coming to perform at festivals, fairs, celebrations and all sorts of other events. 

We have variable rates depending on the size of the event and how many players we are bringing.

Please get in touch to discuss fees, availability and what you would like us to do. We can parade, do a static show, do workshops or a mix of performance/workshop – whatever suits your event best.

We also deliver fun drumming sessions for schools and youth and community groups – even playgroups! Do drop us a line if you are interested in us coming to teach drumming with your young people.