Batucaxe has a larger Community Group and a smaller Performance Group. According to their website, "Our Community Group is modeled on the "blocos" of Bahia, Brazil, and the samba schools of Rio de Janeiro and São Pãulo. These groups are major centers of neighborhood activity, often with thousands of participants. Their annual Carnaval performances explode with pride and hope. Our goal is to create a similar environment of support and appreciation for our own community." All Soul's Procession and Tucson Meet Yourself are among the places you can hear this large ensemble perform, and even perform with if you join the group. Information about joining is available on their website, which states, "Membership is tuition-based and includes:
- Weekly group rehearsals and regular sectional rehearsals
- Opportunities to perform throughout the year
- Use of instruments
- Instructional reference materials (lyrics, CDs, music charts etc.)
- Access to our resource library of CDs, DVDs, books and other educational materials
- Culture Night presentations
- Band t-shirt
- Significant discounts on the purchase of your own instruments."
To hear Batucaxe's sound, check out the CD "The Blessing of the Beat" from your Pima County Public Library!