Saturday night saw us, Manchester School of Samba, playing in the Liverpool Carnival along with lots of other samba drummers and dancers. It was a fantastic event and I enjoyed every minute, even if I am covered in bruises! The Phoenix leads our band around during parades and looks fantastic - along with our costumes below - all of this has been made with our own fair hands.
This is me with the silver drum, called a repinque (pronounced 'a-pee-key'). My look of concentration is from making sure I'm playing the right rhythms at the right time!