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Cleveland - July 27-31
- Baldwin Wallace University
Drum Fantasy Camp entered its eight year with a
bang! The 2014 camp saw some new faces and
a new location!
The camp took place
July 27-31 at a new facility:
Baldwin Wallace University in Cleveland.
The univeristy is known for it's music conservatory
and the venue served the camp well.
instructors included Dave Weckl,
Virgil Donati, Chris
Coleman, and Dave DiCenso.
This was Virgil and Dave D.'s first year at the
camp. Meanwhile, our Jam Night band featured a new
face: the great James Genus
(Brecker Brothers/Saturday Night Live). James joined
longtime DFC family members Chrissi Poland and Vinny
The camp opened with a Noon clinic
and an evening concert. The clinic was a great way
for attendees to meet the instructors. They ran a
three-hour discussion bookended by a huge drum jam.
Nothing like having four of the world's greatest
drummers on stage together!
The concert featured a special guest:
Russell Ferrante (The Yellowjackets) on
keyboards! Russell, Chrissi, Vinny and James played
a wide range of tunes to a full house. One highlight
of the evening: a Weckl and Coleman duet on Stevie
Wonder's "Higher Ground."
Over the next four
days, attendees spent a full day with each of our
four instructors. Though each instructor had his own
teaching style, the underlying theme of the camp was
Dave DiCenso brought an
amazing combination of teaching skills. An eclectic
musician, DiCenso splits his time touring with major
pop acts (such as Josh Groban) while also carrying a
full schedule at the Berklee School of Music. He
coached his students to squeeze the most out of the
Chris Coleman arrived at the camp
armed with a bass and an amp. He got everyone up to
play with him. If the student could complete a set
of grooves and fills, Chris rewarded them with a
Virgil Donati brought a big
handout with him and it looked a bit intimidating.
Wouldn't you know that he had everyone - including
some beginners - playing comfortably in 19/16 within
minutes! Virgil's approach was smart, but
approachable. Everyone had a great time with him.
Finally, Dave Weckl brought a taste of his
well-known one-day intensives to Drum Fantasy Camp.
In addition to some lecturing and playing, Dave got
each student up to jam with him. Dave analyzed
elements of each player's groove, musicality, and
technique. It was an incredible opportunity get
input from a true master.
featured our legendary Jam Nights. Held in BW's
Gamble Auditorium, each camper got to jam with
concert sound and lights. Meanwhile, James Genus was
right there to make the groove sing. Our instructors
also enjoyed some fun jams!
On the last night
of the camp, Chris Coleman joined Vinny Valentino
and B3 wiz Tony Monaco for an organ
trio show at Nighttown Restaurant. Chris added saucy
grooves and his unique brand of showmanship to every
tune! A few lucky people got to join Chris afterward
at Cleveland's B&M BBQ!
Our thanks to all the
attendees, who came from 15 countries and all over
the United States! We could not have done it without
here to see all the photos!