LOVERS of drums, marching and shiny red costumes have their one shot for 2012 to join iconic Northern Rivers percussionists the Samba Blisstas at a series of induction courses being held at Bangalow, Kingscliff, and Ballina.

The four-week courses will be run back-to-back on Tuesdays (from May 1, 6pm to 8pm, at the Bangalow Pavilion Hall), Wednesdays ( from May 2, 6.30am to 8pm, at the Kingscliff Community Hall), and Thursdays (from May 3, 7pm to 8.30pm, at the Ballina Masonic Hall).

The growth in the band's popularity means there are now three separate "Blisstas" - the Samba Blisstas at Bangalow, King Blisstas at Kingscliff, and the Ballina Blisstas at Ballina.

The group was founded in 2003 by former West Australian resident Paul Barrett, who brought his state's love of samba to the Northern Rivers. The style actually originates in Brazil.

While the course is the only formal induction intake for the year, lovers of samba who would like a turn but can't make it to a course can drop into one of the weekly sessions at another time. Sessions cost $20 to attend.

For more details on the Samba Blisstas, check out their website.

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