Volunteer!

Since its founding, Favela Brass has relied heavily on a steady stream of both local and international volunteers to fulfill its mission of providing free musical instruction and performance opportunities to at-risk children. 


Volunteers regularly offer crucial support at our performance and fundraising events—with tasks that include taking photos, filming and editing videos, selling Favela Brass t-shirts, serving snacks, and helping us transport musical equipment.

Interested in helping out?

Joe Epstein

Joe was the first volunteer at Favela Brass in 2014, when he came to Rio to teach English and explore the music scene. After quickly bonding with Tom, Joe moved into the Pereira da Silva favela and gave lessons at the project until moving back to the US to complete a masters degree in international relations. Joe had such a fulfilling experience with us in Rio he wrote about it in a Georgetown University student blog. After working for three years in the private sector in DC and doing a tour opening for Tash Sultana across the US, Joe is back in Rio again at Favela Brass, giving trumpet lessons and helping with the project’s development.

Joe Epstein

Joe was the first volunteer at Favela Brass in 2014, when he came to Rio to teach English and explore the music scene. After quickly bonding with Tom, Joe moved into the Pereira da Silva favela and gave lessons at the project until moving back to the US to complete a masters degree in international relations. 


Joe had such a fulfilling experience with us in Rio he wrote about it in a Georgetown University student blog. After working for three years in the private sector in DC and doing a tour opening for Tash Sultana across the US, Joe is back in Rio again at Favela Brass, giving trumpet lessons and helping with the project’s development.

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