A SPECIAL school from Chester joined forces with Wirral Girls Grammar School to take part in a samba band workshop.
Dee Banks School in Sandy Lane invited the girls to join them for a day that began with teachers from both schools holding a workshop for all the students to participate in.
In the afternoon they took part in a casual performance for the school, developing the skills they had learned that morning.
Parents were welcome to come and watch, as they are able to every Friday morning when Samba practice takes place.
Samba bands are something a bit different and involve instruments such as surdo drums, tambourines, maracas and agogo bells.
At Dee Banks School, students play instruments according to their ability and music co-ordinator at the school, Valerie Bridgeman, said: “It gives them a real sense of belonging.”
This is not the first time that the two schools have teamed up.
In October 2008, Dee banks was invited to Wirral Girls Grammar School to watch them perform and have a taster session with the instruments.
Dee Banks School were lucky enough to be awarded funding from the Goverment scheme Wider Opportunities, which aims to ensure that all children get to play a musical instrument for a year.
This helped them get the band up and running and has recently helped the school take on a new samba teacher, Gareth Hughes.
The Dee Banks Samba Band will be performing at a Wider Opportunities concert in Hoole on July 9.