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About Us


Big Noise Community Samba Band is made up of about 40 musicians, ranging in age from the young (members must be aged at least 14) to the young at heart!

Some of us have previous musical experience, some don't, but we all share a love for the samba-reggae sounds that we make together.


The beginning

Big Noise began in September 2007 when two samba players had a vision to form a Community Samba Band in Gosport.  

We began with the help of Gosport Carnival Factory and within one year we formed a committee, became self funded and have survived ever since!  

Charlie Fletcher (Co Founder and Music Leader)

Charlie is an experienced percussionist, teacher and workshop leader specialising in global rhythms. He is also an accomplished guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has taught in both formal and informal education settings.

In 2008 he completed his Post Graduate Diploma in World Music Studies where he visited The Gambia to conduct fieldwork in local schools and with local musicians.

As well as trying to keep us in line, he runs live events and music projects and has worked for many organisations engagiing hundreds of young people and adults in music making activities. Charlie was also the co founder and Director of award winning music charity The Urban Vocal Group

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