The Heartbeat of the School
The bateria or samba drum corps is the heart or “heart-beat” of the samba school. SambaLa offers everyone a spot to play with the drum corps from those who have never played to experts in percussion. They all fit together! And we have the instruments if you do not have your own.
We also have samba singers if you like to use your voice instead of a drum stick! We practice weekly at our SambaLá Rehearsal Space.
Our samba singers are the ones who give a story and melody to the great rhythms of the bateria.
Samba Singers: David de Hilster, Lauriana Carvalho, Flavio Silva
Assisting in the direction of the Bateria is Aurelio de Moraes who is handy with the repinique and whistle!
Music Director / Bateria Director
The music director is none other than David de Hilster, the president of the samba school. Did you know that David’s first samba drum lesson ended in less than 5 minutes with the drum teacher saying to him: “You have no hope”. That only made David try harder! David is also one of the samba singers for the group.