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2018 Drum Fantasy Camp

The 2018 Drum Fantasy Camp will run from August 10-14 at the incredible Vic's Drum Shop in Chicago. Vic's is one of the largest and most respected drum retailers in the world - and run by some of the most professional people on the planet.

Instructors will include the legendary Billy Cobham, Todd Sucherman, Robert "Sput" Searight, and Matt Garstka! Once again, our incredible band will join for two concerts, three jams, and a daily Groove Class with world-class musicians! The band features bassist James Genus (Herbie Hancock/Brecker Brothers), keyboardist Stu Mindeman (Kurt Elling), singer Chrissi Poland (Moby/Bette Midler), and guitarist/Music Director Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information).

Brief History

Drum Fantasy Camp was founded in 2007 by camp director Steven Orkin. Orkin manages marketing for artists Dave Weckl, Steve Smith, Simon Phillips, Mike Stern, and more.

Through the years, Orkin had read countless e-mails from fans asking for lessons and pointers from his clients. He posed this situation to his clients and the camp idea was born.

The first Drum Fantasy Camp ran in South Orange, NJ, in 2007 and moved to Cleveland from 2008-2014. In February, 2013, an exciting and successful camp also ran in Ankara, Turkey.

The camp moved to Chicago in 2015 and has remained there ever since. Access Cuba with Dave Weckl is scheduled for January 13-18, 2019. Dave and a lucky group of travelers will experience art and music in Havana together. The group will also get to watch Dave rehearse and perform with a world-class group! Click here to learn more!

What is Drum Fantasy Camp? Who Attends?

Drum Fantasy Camp is a serious learning experience. Our instructors are some of the finest drummers on the planet. You spend a total of six hours with each of them and you leave the camp inspired and filled with new ideas. The envirnoment is fun, friendly, supportive and non-competitive.

Drummers of all ages, musical backgrounds, and playing levels attend. In 2016, male and female drummers from 15 countries and all over the United States attended. The age range was from 10 to 67!

Some of our attendees are on a path to music school, while others have desk jobs and are gigging drummers in their home towns. And...some are simply looking for the inspiration to pick up the sticks after a long hiatus. All are welcome! We group our attendees based on their playing level - beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

There is a great sense of camaraderie at Drum Fantasy Camp. Attendees tend to become good friends - sharing information, cheering each other on at the "Jam Nights," and staying in touch after the experience. The camp feels like a family, with several attendees returning year-after-year.

What Is Included?

When you register for a full-camp package, you get four days of master classes (six hours per day) and you can attend all three of our Jam Nights! You will perform at one of those jams with our world-class band, and you'll get to hang with your fellow campers and instructors all three nights!

We have an opening concert at Martyrs' on August 10, and a closing concert on August 14. You will purchase your tickets directly from them on their Web site. The cost will be $25 per show, but there will be a discount for both shows. We'll let you know when tickets go on sale. Space will be limited, but there will be room for our attendees and their friends/family.

If you're staying overnight, we encourage you to stay with the whole group at the Crowne Plaza. At $179 (plus tax), it's a great deal, it's convenient to Vic's Drum Shop, and all your fellow campers and instructors will be there! This is a great way to hang out in the evening and get some extra time with your teachers.

Please note: we include four nights in the hotel with our hotel packages (August 10, 11, 12, and 13 with checkout on the 14th). You can add nights by contacting us. Per our agreement with the hotel, overnight packages and extra room nights must be booked by July 17.

Basic Schedule

August 10

The camp opens at 8:00 p.m. with an all-star concert at Martyrs' in Chicago. Two of our all-star drummers will join keyboardist Stu Mindeman (Kurt Elling), singer Chrissi Poland (Scissor Sisters/Bette Midler), guitarist/Music Director Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information), and a bass player TBA. Tickets will be on sale to the public soon.

August 11, 12, 13 and 14

The next four days feature two three-hour classes per day; from 9:00 a.m. to Noon and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The classes include a combination of lecturing and playing. There are approximately 15 attendees in a class.

Three of those nights include our famous "Jam Nights," where campers get to sit in with the band! It's like a small private concert each night! The drumming instructors also hang out and perform.

On August 14, we'll run a closing concert featuring two of our instructors and our amazing band! We'll let you know when tickets go on sale.

You can purchase the whole camp, or various packages that include classes with these world-class instructors. Packages and pricing are described below.
2018 Pricing and Packages  
   
Full Camp Packages  
   
When you register for a full camp package, you get two master classes per day for four days, admission to all three of our Jam Nights, and admission to bonus classes. Overnight accommodations are included in two of the packages. Please note: per our agreement with the hotel, overnight packages and extra room nights must be booked by July 17.

Please fill out the registration form to get started!
   
Full camp without overnight accommodations $1,599
Full camp with hotel room and roommate $2,020
Full camp with private hotel room $2,440

 
Partial Camp Packages  
   
There are two partial-camp packages: one full day with one instructor and two full days with two instructors. We no longer allow splitting a day into two instructors because the curriculum is based on a full day. Neither package includes food or lodging. E-Mail us to be added to the room block.

Please fill out the registration form to get started (and make sure to choose classes and days!)
   
One Full Day Class with One Instructor $399
Two full days - one instructor per day $799

 
Concert Tickets!  
   
Our August 10 and 14 concerts at Martyrs' can be purchased directly from the club. These will be all-ages shows, and Martyrs' sells food and beverages. Tickets will go on sale this spring!  
   
August 10: Drumming All-Stars Concert
features two drumming instructors and our world-class band!
$25
   
August 14: Drumming All-Stars Concert
features two drumming instructors and our world-class band!
$25
   
Combination Ticket!
Specially-priced ticket that includes both shows!
$44

 
Camp Schedule at a Glance  
   
August 10
Location: Martyrs'
 
   
8:30 p.m. Opening concert at Martyrs' featuring Billy Cobham and Todd Sucherman!    
10:30 p.m. Opening concert ends    
       
August 11, 12, 13
Location: Vic's Drum Shop
   
       
9:00 a.m. Morning session with today's instructor    
12:00 p.m. Lunch    
1:30 p.m. Afternoon session with today's instructor    
4:30 p.m. Open jam/rest time    
7:00 p.m. Vic's/Music Garage Jam Night!    
       
August 14
Location: Vic's Drum Shop
   
       
9:00 a.m. Morning session with today's instructor    
12:00 p.m. Lunch    
1:30 p.m. Afternoon session with today's instructor    
4:30 p.m. Camp ends    
8:30 p.m. Closing concert at Martyrs' featuring Sput Searight and Matt Garstka!    
       
  Click here to register for Drum Fantasy Camp!    
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