About Evanston Escola de Samba

Chicagoland's American samba school!

Updated Repertoire and NEWS!


here are some things to check out!

EEDS Check list: Updated 1.20.16

  1. e-mail me!  reedflygt@gmail.com
  2. if needed 608.434.3173
  3. Carnaval is April 2nd.
  4. Jorge Alabe is coming Mar. 30th 7-9 pm and April 1st 7-9 pm.  $25 per class
  5. if you want transcriptions let me know specifically


  • Call and Response 
  • Breaks 1,2,3 and modified 3,5 and 6.
  • Shoulder Tap with extended surdo variation
  •  “O” aka Pirate, Jorge Alabe Breaks: “Thumb,” “T,” “Butterfly,” “Temple” 
  • Jorge Alabe Long Paradinha
  • Harlem Samba Big O Break and Surdo #4 Variation
  • Vou Festejar and Mocidade opening sequence

REPERTOIRE: Dudu Fuentes Material

  • Ijexa
  • Gerais Deja Gerais (?)
  • Baiana


  • Group Material: O Amanha, Vou Festejar, Explode Coracao, and Mocidade 2016
  • Bloco Maximo: Salgueiro 2014, Beija Flor 2015, E Hoje

You can check out recordings of some of these breaks on our Soundcloud page. We will be updating these recordings as the weeks progress.


-O Amanha w/ appropriate breaks (Monobloco version)

-Vou Festejar w/ appropriate breaks

-Mocidade 2016 w/ appropriate breaks (1 Break and Ending)

-Peguei Um Ita No Norte (AKA “Explode Coracao”) Salgueiro 1993


FREE Class in January at EEDS

Winter is finally here, which means it’s the perfect time to warm up by hitting the drums with EEDS!

Throughout the month of January we are offering FREE classes as part of our preparations for Carnaval 2016. Carnaval is always our biggest event of the year and we want to get as many people as we can playing, dancing, and singing along!

During this special session we If you are new to EEDS this is the perfect opportunity to get started. You will learn to play the fundamentals of Samba. We will also be learning a samba-enredo (the school’s song for the year) that we will be featured at our Carnaval celebration later this spring.

No Commitment—Drop-in once, or every week—Admission is free

Class is every Wednesday (Jan 6, 13, 20 & 27) from 7-8:30pm
We rehearse at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (4048 W. Armitage in Chicago)

Our first class is TONIGHT (6 Jan) so forget those humpday blues and make your way over to SRBCC and help us keep the tasty beats going!

Please visit the Facebook page for the event for updates, pics, videos, and much more!

Samba on!


On this #GivingTuesday please consider donating to Evanston Escola de Samba. EEDS is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to teach, perform, and promote Brazilian music and dance as a vehicle for arts education and community engagement in Chicagoland.

Your donation will help EEDS fulfill its mission by ensuring that we have the funds to continue teaching classes and performing at Brazilian and other cultural events throughout Chicago.

As a non-profit every dollar goes right back into our operating costs and every little bit helps. In addition to paying for rehearsal and storage space, instrument upkeep, costumes, and performance costs, we are committed to providing financial assistance for Chicagoland high school students who want to play music with us. 30% of our students are on full scholarships due to need, and we strive to make Samba available to all. Over the years, we have worked in collaboration with organizations such as the Music Institute of Chicago, Youth Organizations Umbrella, and the Levy Center. 

These outreach activities have been central to the mission of EEDS since we were founded in 2003 but we can only continue to do this with your support.

So please, take a moment to visit our donation page and help us commit to many more years of building bridges across ethnic, generational, and social groups through Samba.

Muito Obrigado!

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UPDATED: October and November at EEDS

Hey Sambistas!

It’s been a great September here at EEDS and we’ve got more awesome music on the way.

A week ago we joined Bateria Quilombola as they performed at the Brazilian Rhythms Festival at the Quilombo Cultural Center. We had a great time with them, special guest Dudu Fuentes, Dill Costa, Luciano Antonio, Heitor Garcia, John Beard, and Capoeira Angola. Thanks to everyone who organized and participated and especially to all the lovely people who came out to hear the music!

After taking this coming week off we have seven more weeks of class this fall! Check out our schedule below:

UPDATE: We have had to move our class start time back 1/2 hour for the foreseeable future. We will begin at 7:30 and go until about 9:15. The schedule below has been updated to reflect this.

30 Sep – NO CLASS

7 Oct –  7:30-9:15pm, SRBCC

14 Oct – 7:30-9:15pm, SRBCC

21 Oct – 7:30-9:15pm, SRBCC

24 Oct – Chicago Cultural Mile Halloween Gathering
     Parade at 6pm, Columbus between Balbo and Monroe

28 Oct – 7:30-9:15pm, SRBCC

4 Nov – 7:30-9:15pm, SRBCC

11 Nov – 7:30-9:15pm, SRBCC

18 Nov – 7:30-9:15pm, SRBCC

25 Nov – NO CLASS (Thanksgiving)

December – No regular classes
2 Dec – Holiday Party – 7:30-TBD
We will meet at the regular time for a short rehearsal and then retire for drinks, snacks and good times!

That’s it for 2015, we will jump back into it ASAP in the new year and then it is full steam ahead until EEDS Carnaval 2016 (Date TBA)!

Workshop (9/18) and Performance (9/19) with Bateria Quilombola and Special Guest Dudu Fuentes

We are getting very excited for samba this weekend!
EEDS has been working with Bateria Quilombola​ to prepare for two great nights of Brazilian music.
Tonight (9/18) there is a workshop with guest artist Dudu Fuentes at the Quilombo cultural center. The workshop runs from 7-9pm, $25.
Then tomorrow (9/19) we have an awesome night of all things Brazilian music lined up at the Brazilian Rhythms Festival! The festival starts at 830pm and runs until 12am, $10 suggested donation.

We’ve all been practicing hard and hope you can come join us for these two awesome events!

Beginner’s Classes at EEDS

We have made some changes to our beginner’s classes this fall:

At this time we are postponing the beginning of regular sessions for the beginners class.
If you are interested in beginners classes please send us an email. Reed will be talking with those who have expressed interest to come up with a time and location that will work best.

The beginners class is designed for those who want to get started playing samba but are looking for a slower paced environment than the rehearsals at our normal Wednesday classes. Also welcome are those who already have been playing samba and are looking to get experience with new instruments before trying them out with the larger group.

Fall 2015 at EEDS

We have a lot of exciting things going on with EEDS this fall after a fantastic spring and summer! We’ve been working hard, playing hard and making some great music, and our September schedule is shaping up with new classes, performances and collaborations.
To paraphrase Reed, does this look like a great fall schedule… or the GREATEST fall schedule?!?!?!

Fall Percussion Classes—We are excited to announce our next session of percussion classes. The 12-week session will begin Wednesday Sep. 2, 7-830pm at SRBCC.

Fall BEGINNER Percussion Classes— UPDATE: We have changed the details for our beginner’s class. Please see the announcement here.

Evanston Streets Alive!—After a great time last year at this festival that promotes culture, community and sustainable living, we are going back to play more sweet samba beats! So come out and enjoy the beginning of Fall with a great festival and some great music.

Workshop with Bateria Quilombola and Dudu Fuentes—Join Bateria Quilombola and Dudu Fuentes at their headquarters for an exciting Brazilian music workshop! All levels welcome. Friday Sep. 18, 7-9pm, $25.
Dudu Fuentes is the founder and driving force of the new “blocos” style of Rio de Janeiro: Monobloco, Bangalafumenga, and most recently Batucalacatuca. 

Willy Street Parade with the Handphibians—We will be playing in the Willy Street Parade in beautiful Madison, WI with the Handphibians. The parade starts at 1030 so if you are in Madison come out and get some northern Samba exposure!

So that’s just the beginning of our fall schedule and there will be much more to come! So keep checking back for updates!

EEDS 4th of July Wrap-Up and Thank Yous

For the fourth time in six years, the Evanston Escola de Samba was awarded 1st place in the Performance category at the Evanston 4th of July Parade! This is our fifth consecutive award from the parade judges. Our dynasty-in-the-making is the product of hard work from so many people, and we want to thank them all.

First, thanks again to anyone and everyone who contributed to our successful Kickstarter campaign. None of this could happen without your support, and we thank you!


Each year, scores of dancers, musicians and volunteers that make everything possible. They all give freely of their time and energy, and they continue to be the backbone of this organization. Special gratitude to the EEDS parade committee: Rachel Goc, Richard Adams, Lindsay Fullerton, and Matthew Rarey for spearheading the design of the float and costumes, and to the endlessly talented Dill Costa for choreographing a stellar performance in front of the judges. And of course, EEDS could not exist without the leadership of our executive director, Jessica Anzaldua, and our mestre da bateria, Reed Flygt and his partner-in-crime Peter Korajczyk. The drummers sounded better this year than they ever have, and we have their endless energy to thank!


Thanks as always to the amazing Dill Costa, our head of dance and rainha da bateria, who crafted and choreographed our stellar alas of passitas and baianas. So many dancers come to EEDS from Dill’s classes at the Old Town School of Folk Music, and we hope to see you all year after year. The always-energetic Edilson Lima deserves special thanks for volunteering his time to the parade, and as always, a shout-out to our wonderful mestre-sala and porta-bandeira, Etienne Montanez and Zenaida Saez, who carry the EEDS flag proudly.


Our bateria would never sound as good as it does without Reed Flygt, our fearless mestre. Special thanks to our Lane Tech bateria members, who brought so much fun and spirit to classes and the performance. It goes without saying how much everyone at EEDS loves our friends from Bloco Maximo who give our bateria extra swing.

Volunteers make everything better. Our float this year came from the brains of the EEDS parade committee, built with the labor of so many great EEDS members and volunteers: including Eudald Lerga, Nate Cornish, and Rita Sacay. Ramiro, Jeff, Raymond Rarey, and Barbara Goc also deserve extra credit for their help on parade day.


Finally, a thanks those who helped us record this fabulous event: our photographer, Mike Goc, and our videographer, Michael Rhee. In the coming days, we’ll be posting lots of photos and videos from the parade so you can catch some glimpses of our award-winning performance. If you have any photos you would like to share – email them to evanstonsamba@gmail.com. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram for more info on classes, workshops, and events (as well as some generally awesome photo updates). The 4th of July is just the beginning! Stay Tuned!


EEDS 2015

Hello Everyone!!  Thanks again for a great parade!!  I had a blast!!  From my point of view this was the best parade that I have been part of!!  Thank you for that!!  We are getting better every time!!  WOO!!!  Special shout out to Dill Costa for making the dancing so beautiful!!

Huge special shout out for Matt and Lindsay!!  It is sad to say but that may have been their last 4th of july parade with EEDS!!  Hopefully we will see them again!!  We are meeting this wednesday to hang out at SRBCC and organize drums AND SHOWER MATT AND LINDSAY WITH LOVE!!  Please come through.
The rest of the summer:
  • July 8th – Hang Session 7 pm
  • July 25th – 2-4 pm free workshop at The Wire (6815 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, IL – 60402) and then evening show with Fatbook.  I will be leading an open community workshop for all ages where we will cover some basics and learn an arrangement that we will perform with Fatbook that evening.  More information to be announced.
  • September 2nd – Tentative Start Date for Fall classes!!  YES!!!
  • September 13th (SUNDAY) – Streets Alive performance in Evanston.  1pm.
  • September 17,18, 19  – Workshops with Dudu Fuentes in Chicago (Bateria Quilombola)
  • September 20th (SUNDAY).  Willy Street Parade in Madison, WI.  10:30 am.  Perform with the Handphibians.
 That is it for now!!