Register for Summer Percussion Classes and join our parade!

Hey sambistas! Join the Evanston Escola de Samba as we prepare for our major event of the year: The Evanston 4th of July Parade (which is less than one month away)! Join EEDS percussion classes to learn the music for our parade – and be a part of it! Returning members and newbies of all skill levels are welcome. Or, if you don’t want to drum there are other ways to get involved.ReedBateria

Summer 2014 Session Classes

EEDS Parade Percussion Bateria Bootcamp – Register Here
In this class you will learn the samba parade percussion! All instruments will be provided – all levels are welcome.

Three Sessions:
Wednesdays June 18- through July 2nd, 6:30-8:20 PM at the McGaw YMCA
Tuition: $50 ($35 for College Students, High School students contact Reed Flygt for more information)

For the 4th of July parade: All percussionists must wear following:

  • EEDS official Bateria Shirts ($20-Not included in tuition)
  • White pants, skirt or shorts (participants must provide their own)

Bateria Bootcamp Note: If you are already registered for the 9-week advanced percussion class that started on May 7, you are already automatically enrolled in the bootcamp, you don’t need to register twice!


Other Ways to Participate in the 4th of July Parade
Even if you can’t register for class – you can still be in the EEDS 4th of July parade! Please contact Evanston Escola de Samba at if you are interested in participating, either as a volunteer or as part of the “Ala of friends.” 

“Ala of friends”:  In the Carnaval Parade in Rio, each Samba Schools has a “Ala (English: wing) of Friends” that marches in the parade with the bateria and dancers. All participants in this group wear the Samba School shirt, white pants/skirt/shorts and hat and parade alongside us! All you need to join is to buy an EEDS cotton T-Shirt!

Volunteers: We need volunteers to help pass out water and assist with parade spacing, as well as 2-3 videographers/photographers to record the event. Volunteers will receive EEDS swag!

All registered students are invited to participate in the parade, but their participation will be based on skill level. They will be assigned specific roles by Head of Percussion Reed Flygt or by Head of Dance Dill Costa.