The Samba-Blisstas are a 30 piece community carnaval drumming oufit , suitable for any Festival from Cairns to Adelaide to anywhere! Based in the Byron Shire area of Northern NSW, in their 3rd year of leading Parades and Events all over the State! Lead by Percussionist/ MUsical Director Paul Barrett,the SAMBA-BLISSTAS are fast becoming the biggest thing on the North east coast,look out for them you cant miss them!!
CARNAVAL DRUMMING Team Building workshops have enlightened and thrilled people of all ages in such diverse locations as the Abrolhos Islands, Exmouth, Kalgoorlie, Bunbury, Mandurah, Shark Bay, Broome,(Shinju Matsuri Festival 1997) Sydney Centenary of Federation Parade, Busselton, Albany, Wogarno Station (Mt. Magnet), Bandyup Womens Prison, Merriden, Geraldton, Nungarin, Esperence Festival of the Wind 2002, Lismore Lantern Parade, Tweed Valley Banana Festival, Byron Bay (New Years Eve)2003,2006, Bangalow Xmas Carnival 2003,2004,2005,2006, Bellingen Global Carnival 2003 and 2004, Woolgoolga's Curry Festival , Port Macquarie, Gold Coast, Maclean, Yamba, etc...
The CARNAVAL DRUMMING Team Building workshop program has been incorporated with spectacular success into major festivals, such as the Shinju Matsuri Festival in Broome, Bellingen Global Carnival 2003 /2004,Surfing The Coldstream Arts & Fringe Festival in Yamba NSW 2005 / 2006, Curry Festival Woolgoolga,2006 ,,Perth Festivals across the country to Byron Bay,including Corporate clients,Ernst & Young ,Telstra,Collins Food Group,Top 4 ,Conservation and Land
Management (WA Branch),Elders, Woodside,Curtin University,Olivia-
Newton-John @ Gaia Retreat/Byron Bay, Burswood Casino WA,
Byron Bay Beach Resort,etc etc
Paul Barrett & Greg Sheehan
"Surfing the Coldstream"
Yamba NSW (October 2005)
I've had the pleasure of being asked to perform on "lead snare drum" for the "Samba-Blissta’s" on three occasions. Each one of these processions was in community events; International Peace Day (Byron Peace Carnival), Surfing the Cold stream Arts/Fringe Festival in Yamba and the Lismore Lantern Parade.
Marching with this vibrant, colourful group, led by "drum major" Paul Barrett, I could see the joy & excitement that the Blisstas create. First hand, Paul is an exceptional Bandleader, conducting with precision and humour!
This band has a big sound, big costumes, and a big heart.
I recommend this group for any occasion, be it Community Parades, Arts Festivals, Weddings, Parties anything!!!
Greg Sheehan ( Australia's Rolf Harris of Percussion........A real Legend !)
and Monica Lunardon
The BRISBANE SAMBA GIRLS
We've danced with the Samba-Blisstas at the exciting charity party "Latino NIght" at the Ewingsdale hall. It was so much fun to dance with your unique Australian-style Samba (especially when i saw the wobble board, it cracked me up).
The energy coming out from the band was enourmous that gave us the joy to Dance. We've never had such a exciting show like this that made us all happy. We are looking forward to dance with the SAMBA-BLISSTA'S again.
Keep spreading your inspiration and energy!
Mari Takashima/ Monica Lunardon
To Whom It May Concern
Surfing The Coldstream was the first ever large-scale outdoor arts/fringe festival in the Clarence Val
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