was a busy and exciting year at Drum Fantasy Camp!
In February, the crew headed over to Ankara,
Turkey, for one of the most rewarding camps we have
ever done. 55 attendees were treated to an
incredible educational experience experience!
Drummers Thomas Lang,
Jojo Mayer, and Steve Smith
joined Turkish percussionist/educator
Teymuralp Merter Fosforoglu for concerts,
jams, and classes!
amazing Jam Night Band, featuring Baron
Browne (bass), Chrissi Poland,
(vocals), and Vinny Valentino
(guitar), also made the trip. An added bonus:
keyboard legend Tom Coster (Vital
Information/Santana/Billy Cobham) sat in for the
jams! An awesome experience for our attendees!
The opening concert featured Baron, Chrissi, and
Vinny. The closing concert featured legendary fusion
group Steve Smith and Vital Information.
The room was packed and the band "killed it!"
The drum instructors ran two three-hours classes
per day for four days. Several lucky guitar players
took classes with Vinny, and Chrissi taught vocal
classes to some talented young singers. This was the
first time we integrated other
instruments into the camp - and it worked great.
Each of the guitarists and vocalists had the
opportunity to sit in with the Jam Night Band!
Drum Fantasy Camp would like to thank the many
amazing staff members who helped us in Turkey:
Teymuralp Merter Fosforoglu, Damla Elif Hanasoglu,
Tolga Erelmali, Meslina Kibar, Melisa Turkay, and so
many more! We experienced wonderful food, culture,
musicians, and hospitality in this wonderful
In August, DFC returned to the beautiful Hyatt
Regency at the Arcade in Cleveland. Drummers
Joe Goretti, Thomas Lang,
Aaron Spears, Steve Smith,
and Dave Weckl inspired and
educated drummers from all over the world!
The camp opened with a blow-out concert featuring
Baron, Chrissi, and Vinny performing with out
drumming instructors individually. Legendary
keyboardist Russell Ferrante (The
Yellowjackets) sat in and inspired everyone. All the
drummers joined the band at end for an epic jam!
next four days featured two three-hour master
classes per day. Limited to just 15 per class, there
was some very personal and intense learning going
on! Of course, Dave doesn't own a watch, so his
afternoon classes tended to go more than one hour
over the time limit. No one complained! Joe Goretti
ran his "Career Course," helping younger drummers
and their parents understand the music industry -
and the strategies that can help support a music
Our legendary Jam Nights were truly
legendary - with great performances by all of our
(beginner to professional)! We also had some classic
jams featuring out instructors: Joe Goretti rocking
out to Michael Jackson, Thomas Lang jamming with
Dave Weckl and Aaron Spears, and much more!
The camp wrapped up on August 8 with a concert at
Cleveland's Nighttown restaurant. Steve Smith tore
it up with and organ trio featuring Tony
Monaco (B3) and Vinny Valentino (guitar).
Our attendees sat back, relaxed, had a great meal,
and saw an amazing show!