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Drumming and teaching in Sydney

Claudio Reis Drums

In mid 2004 I moved to Sydney and started gigging and teaching in 2005.

As most immigrants, I first got involved with people from my original country, joining the following bands:
Marrinho Martin – Forro singer,
Oz Brasil (Brazilian Pop Rock),
Ze Pretinha (Brazilian Pop/Rock, Reggae and MPB),
Os Alquimistas (Brazilian root Funk),
Brazilian Latin Groove,
Viva Brasil show;
and later the Australian Pop/Rock band Partysonic.


Forro is the name of a Brazilian rhythm and dance. With Marrinho Martin I had the chance to play in RSLs in Sydney, in the Brazilian 5th Ritmo Festival in the Olympic Park, and local parties in Bondi Junction.

Marrinho, RSL gig      Claudio Reis with Marrinho Martin in the 5th Ritmo Brazilian Festival, Olympic Park

The atmosphere was amazing. Ze Pretinha band used to play a mix of Brazilian Pop/Rock and Reggae. Two Australian couples invited us to play in their wedding functions after watching our gigs in a pub in Manly Beach. Unfortunately, half of the band is now back in the Samba land.

Ze Pretinha, gig in Mosman      Ze Pretinha band at a Corso gig

Viva Brasil - Factory Theatre, Claudio Reis, drummer
Oz Brazil played in the 6th Ritmo Brazilian Festival in Darling Harbour, and Alquimistas a few gigs in the Eastern Suburbs.

With Brazilian Latin Groove I played lots of private functions, and with them was the connection that took me to be part of Viva Brasil show. That pict was taken in the Factory Theatre.

By 2006 things got even better. The number of students was always growing, and I was invited to join the Pop/Rock band Partysonic, an authentic aussie band that played only private corporate functions in Sydney.

Things were going really well with students, bands and friends, but I left Australia in the end of 2009 for 3 years. While awaiting for my resident visa back in Sao Paulo, I joined a few bands before returning to Australia in 2012, including Leandro Costa, Alphandega, Mr. Bug, Botoes Anti-Atomicos, Duo TrioHypersonic and Elvisback.