DRUM WITH US

Want to learn to play drums with us?

Fogo Azul is always accepting new members, previous drumming experience is NOT required.

We strive to make drumming accessible to women and TGNC individuals, taking beginners and give them the tools to drum.  For thousands of years women were often relegated to dance while the men played the drums. We’re breaking that stereotype.
We seek to bring music and dance to all communities regardless of ability to pay for our shows.

Learn to play drums with us! We are looking for well rounded people who understand group dynamics of a performance troupe. Drumming/music/dance experience is helpful, but not required!

Learn to play Brazilian drums!

FogoAzulNYC is a band. Attendance at rehearsals and performances are required. 

Currently we are rehearsing inside a public school gymnasium in midtown on Tuesdays and some Mondays.  Due to COVID-19 school requirements, all members of Fogo Azul NYC are required to have the Covid-19 vaccine and present proof of vaccination.   Membership in Fogo Azul NYC is fun, however we do require you to have regular and consistent availability for rehearsals and performances.  We have performances on evenings and weekends, with some rare workday performances.  We have a strict attendance policy.  Rehearsals are run in the traditional Brazilian style of repetition, there is no requirement to read music.   

Want to learn to play drums with us?

Fogo Azul is always accepting new members, previous drumming experience is NOT required.

We strive to make drumming accessible to women and TGNC individuals, taking beginners and give them the tools to drum.  For thousands of years women were often relegated to dance while the men played the drums. We’re breaking that stereotype.
We seek to bring music and dance to all communities regardless of ability to pay for our shows.

Learn to play drums with us! We are looking for well rounded people who understand group dynamics of a performance troupe. Drumming/music/dance experience is helpful, but not required!

Learn to play Brazilian drums!

FogoAzulNYC is a band. Attendance at rehearsals and performances are required. 

Currently we are rehearsing inside a public school gymnasium in midtown on Tuesdays and some Mondays.  Due to COVID-19 school requirements, all members of Fogo Azul NYC are required to have the Covid-19 vaccine and present proof of vaccination.   Membership in Fogo Azul NYC is fun, however we do require you to have regular and consistent availability for rehearsals and performances.  We have performances on evenings and weekends, with some rare workday performances.  We have a strict attendance policy.  Rehearsals are run in the traditional Brazilian style of repetition, there is no requirement to read music.   

Being a member of a band requires everyone to work professionally with other adults, communicate effectively, and treat fellow band members with respect. We love celebrating our diversity and appreciation of each other for differences and quirks! We are a group of people working together and supporting each other to accomplish a shared goal: PERFORMANCES.

Please keep in mind that FogoAzulNYC does not function as a collective, nor through consensus-based decision-making.  We are NOT a drum circle.  There is one Artistic Director who is responsible for band decision making with input from the band as requested/offered, all in the best interest of the band.

FogoAzulNYC membership requires a $35 monthly fee per member to cover operational costs. There is a one time, non-refundable joining fee of $20. You will be given a drum package: drum, sticks, and a belt on loan to use which will require a cash or check security deposit in the amount of $185 per drum package.

This will be placed in a secure bank account and will be given back upon leaving the band once you return the equipment. This equipment is to be taken with you, and is your responsibility to maintain, clean, and take care of. Upon leaving the band you will have 7 days to return the drum, belt, and sticks. There may be special circumstances where you can use your own drum, belt, or sticks, however this will be on a case by case basis only.

These are NOT classes or lessons, they are focused rehearsals on the specific musical repertoire of FogoAzul NYC.

Reliable internet access and email address that you check regularly is required for membership as our primary communication method is by email.

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Do you have any musical, dance, or other type of rhythm training? (This is not necessary to join, the group, we are just curious!) If so, please explain as best you can.
Have you ever been a member of a musical group or a sports team? Or, a member of a team that works together towards a shared goal? Tell us a little about your experiences as part of a team/group.
Are you genuinely available on weeknights for rehearsals and weeknights and weekends for gigs? We love new members, but attending rehearsals is necessary. We rehearse on alternating weeknights in various facilities (schools, theaters, music studios etc.) in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn and have performances on some weeknights but more often on weekends.
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Being a member of a band requires everyone to work professionally with other adults, communicate effectively, and treat fellow band members with respect. We love celebrating our diversity and appreciation of each other for differences and quirks! We are a group of people working together and supporting each other to accomplish a shared goal: PERFORMANCES.

Please keep in mind that FogoAzulNYC does not function as a collective, nor through consensus-based decision-making.  We are NOT a drum circle.  There is one Artistic Director who is responsible for band decision making with input from the band as requested/offered, all in the best interest of the band.

FogoAzulNYC membership requires a $35 monthly fee per member to cover operational costs. There is a one time, non-refundable joining fee of $20. You will be given a drum package: drum, sticks, and a belt on loan to use which will require a cash or check security deposit in the amount of $185 per drum package.

This will be placed in a secure bank account and will be given back upon leaving the band once you return the equipment. This equipment is to be taken with you, and is your responsibility to maintain, clean, and take care of. Upon leaving the band you will have 7 days to return the drum, belt, and sticks. There may be special circumstances where you can use your own drum, belt, or sticks, however this will be on a case by case basis only.

These are NOT classes or lessons, they are focused rehearsals on the specific musical repertoire of FogoAzul NYC.

Reliable internet access and email address that you check regularly is required for membership as our primary communication method is by email.