Aílton Nunes grew up in the community of Mangueira in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. From early childhood he was involved in the revered samba school of his community, Estação Primeira de Mangueira. Over time, he became known for his passion for samba, his talent as a musician and his leadership style. He served as director of Mangueira da Manhã, the children's version of the Mangueira drumline, for many years. Since becoming Mestre da Bateria da Mangueira (leader of Mangueira Samba School’s carnaval drumline) in 2011, Aílton has developed a reputation for surprising innovations in the evolution of samba. As a teacher, Aílton Nunes is famous for never raising his voice or losing his temper. Consequently, he is able to motivate 300 to 500 of the best drummers anywhere to play some of the best samba on the planet.
Mestre Ailton took over Mangueira’s bateria in 2011, that same year receiving the coveted Estandarte de Ouro for best bateria performance at Rio’s Carnaval.
Ailton also participates in the group Dose Certa and Ensaio de Escola de Samba de Leandro Lehart.