Drew & Karin Copestake's Wedding

Thanks so much to Tauranga Samba for making our wedding ceremony a truly memorable occasion. The music was  fantastic with many guests arriving thinking there must be a concert happening close by. You we're even willing to help us with some last minute decoration preparations after my groomsmen got us to the venue a little behind schedule.


Many guests have comment to us how much they enjoyed  having you play, including my mother who declared it most fantastic surprise.


Thanks again from both Karin and myself, we would have no hesitation to recommend Tauranga Samba to any couple looking to add some up-tempo fiesta to their wedding celebration to create a significant 'wow' factor.

2011 Maketu Kaimoana Festival

Hi Nicola and all in the T S B

Just to say a big Thank You from me and the Festival committee for putting on a great show for us and helping to make it our best festival so far.

We really appreciated the big drum sound and especially your cooperation and willingness to work with us - not many bands can take on the background noise of helicopter activities - and win! We hope you all enjoyed the day and to see you again soon, all success for your future events. We should have some good pics of you in action which I'll send on to you soon.

2009 White Ribbon Day

Hi Phil and Nicky On behalf of Tauranga Moana Abuse Prevention Strategy group, thankyou very much for your performance last night. You guys absolutely rocked-my colleagues have been talking about Tauranga Samba all morning! 
Carole Meredith, Barnardos, Tauranga

Melinda and Rangi Harries wedding. Rotary Park, Feb 2009

We'd just like to say another very big thank you to you and the rest of the team that made our day so special. Everyone was talking about the drumming and still are! Awesome!"

Melinda and Rangi

Niq and Dons wedding. Bowentown lookout, Feb 2008

Don & I were married on The Bowentown Peninsular (the southern end of Waihi Beach). As an ex-member of Tauranga Samba, I knew from the day I joined the group that I wanted to 'walk down the aisle' to their exotic Brazilian style percussion. Well, my dream came true in February 2008..... 'Phil the whistle blower' was at the lookout point, and alerted the crowd and Tauranga Samba of the wedding cars' arrival and with that, the 'wedding march' drumming began. Such an energetic environment was created with the howling wind and the beating of the instruments.

And, in amongst the marvellous feeling of excitement and vibrant vigour, I think I remained calm and composed as I made my entrance! What an amazing time we all had - the guests LOVED the unique and dynamic feeling the ceremony held. The wind died down just in time and my one regret would be that I didn't put on a drum on and bang out a few beats!  PS: and the groom said he LOVED the drumming too!!!!

Thanks so very very much guys! Nicqui xx

BOP Webhealth Launch

The superb choreographical and musical skills of this group enhanced our organisation's launch and provided high impact, raising anticipation as guests arrived at our event. The drummers donned costumes that fitted perfectly with our theme and were well prepared with each member knowing thoroughly what was expected. The drumming had a quality that was deep and stirring, provoking a heightened sense of excitement that told the listener "something important is happening here today". Everyone attending experienced the "wow" factor creating a lasting memory.

Rosalie Crawford-Lakes/BOP Webhealth District Coordinator

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