Madison’s Original Brazilian Percussion Group

Classes & Workshops

The Handphibians offer small group introduction to Brazilian percussion classes a few times per year. The class cycle is usually 8-12 weeks long with one class per week.

This class schedule is open to people of all levels of percussion experience.

Upcoming Shows

Monroe WI Concerts on the Square 2023

June 9, 2023 at Historic Courthouse Square

  • Summer Palooza Parade 2023

    June 10, 2023 at Madison Children's Museum / Capitol Square

  • Sessions Festival at McPike Park 2023

    June 17, 2023 at McPike Park

  • AtwoodFest Convergence 2023

    July 29, 2023 at Atwoodfest

  • Burning Troll festival

    August 12, 2023 at Donald Farm, Mt. Horeb (organized by Brix Cider)

  • Memorial Union Terrace 2023

    August 26, 2023 at UW Memorial Union Terrace

  • Willy Street Fair Parade 2023

    September 17, 2023 at Williamson Street

  • Who are The Handphibians?

    The Handphibians are a group of percussionists from the Madison, Wisconsin area who study and perform various styles of Brazilian music.

    The Founding Story

    In the summer of 1997, Madisonian and Handphibians’ founder, Robert Schoville, took a trip with a few friends to Brazil.

    After traveling the country for about a month, taking classes and acquiring instruments, Schoville invited UW-Madison music students and community members to join him in playing what he learned during his travels.

    For over ten years, Schoville hosted educational drumming sessions with these students and locals, teaching them the instruments and specific rhythms and parts associated with the various regional traditions.

    The Handphibians emerged from this process and the Madison Escola de Samba, or Samba School, was born.

    Madison Carnaval

    Beginning in 1998, Handphibians have hosted an annual music and dance party named Madison Carnaval. The Handphibians perform in collaboration with and alongside a mix of about a dozen local music and dance groups.