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Frequently Asked Questions

The following is a list of frequently-asked-questions. If you still need assistance, our contact information is in the right column of this page.

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Q. What is Drum Fantasy Camp?

A. Drum Fantasy Camp is the world's leading drum education experience. It is a unique event where drummers of all levels and from all over the world learn from the very best drummers in the world - all in an intimate and personal setting. Attendees spend one full day with each of our four instructors, attend two amazing concerts, and attend three Jam Nights where the campers play with world-class musicians. Full-time campers and two-day campers get to play with the band!

Q. What makes Drum Fantasy Camp different from other drum camps?

A. First and foremost, it's our instructors. Year-after-year, our drumming instructors are among the most accomplished drummers in the world. Their recording and performance credits speak volumes, and each is a world-class educator. Additionally, it's the musicians. No other camp assembles a band like ours. As an attendee, you get to watch and perform with top industry pros - and you have the option of subsitituting one drumming instructor for a Groove Class taught by the band!

Q. Where and when is the camp taking place?

A. The 2019 camp takes place August 9-13 at the world-famous Vic's Drum Shop in Chicago. Right upstairs is Chicago's premier rehearsal facility - The Music Garage. Each instructor has his own room there, and our Jam Nights take place right down the hall.

Q. What does the camp cost?

A. Pricing is available on the camp information page (just scroll down that page).

Q. How do I know if I am at the right playing level in order to enjoy and appreciate this experience?

A. Drum Fantasy Camp is designed for drummers of all levels. When you fill out the registration form, you will tell us about your playing level and we will use this information to place with a group of similar drummers.

The classes are intimate and cover broad concepts plus more focused individual topics. There are approximately 15 people in each class, so your input affects how the class runs. Even if you're not a high-level player, you'll love the camp if you enjoy talking it and learning about drums.

Q. What about food?

A. Food is not included, but there are plenty of eateries near the camp and the hotel. Vic's Drum Shop is adjacent a bustling "restaurant row" and the hotel is right in the middle of Greektown, with plenty of great restaurants and a gourmet market right across the street!

Q. Is this an "overnight" camp?

A. This is your choice. We offer a non-hotel package for those who do not need a room. Overnight attendees will stay at the Crowne Plaza hotel, and can be part of our room block by purchasing one of our two hotel packages. One package includes a private room and the other is for people who would like to save money by having a roommate. If you choose to have a roommate, we will pair you with someone who is close in age.

Full camp packages will cover August 9, 10, 11, and 12 in the hotel. If you would like to purchase additional nights, please write to us to get our group rate of $189 plus tax. Please note: per our agreement with the hotel, this rate is only available if you book the camp by July 17.

If you would like to stay with someone in particular, please let us know on the registration form. Either way, you should know that very little time is spent in the guest room. We keep you busy!

Q. I can't stay for the whole camp. Can I come for only part of the camp?

A. Yes. You can choose one and two-day packages and combine them to fit your needs. Click here to read about camp packages. Two-day packages include one Jam Night where you get to play!

Q. What is the general atmosphere of the camp? Is it competitive? Am I good enough?

A. The philosophy of Drum Fantasy Camp is on par with the instructors who teach there. That is: drumming is part of making music, and music is not a competition. You learn and share perspectives on drumming in the most positive and professional manner. And we have found that many past attendees have stayed in touch after the camp.

There is a lot of bonding and sharing of information at the camp. It's a great atmosphere.

Q. What kind of access will I have to the instructors?

A. Full-camp attendees will spend an entire day (six hours of class time) with each instructor. The entire staff will be available throughout the camp. Though they will need breaks just as all the campers will, you will find them hanging around between classes, during the jams, and in the hotel restaurant for breakfast.

These are great times to ask questions and get answers.

Q. How old do you have to be to attend this camp?

A. Drum Fantasy Camp attracts attendees from age 10 to 70. All are welcome, but there are a few guidelines for younger attendees:

Participants must be 18 years-of-age to stay overnight at the camp alone. Participants under the age of 18 may stay overnight if accompanied by a parent or approved family member.

Parents/spouses are not allowed in the classes - both to maximize space and minimiaze distractions. The camp has an office with WiFi and parents/spouses are welcome to hang out with camp director Steven Orkin during the day! Parents/spouses are also welcome at the Jam Nights and concerts.

Q. I am a music teacher and want to bring a group of students. Is there a discount?

A. Absolutely. Please write to us at to discuss a group discount.

Q. What should I bring to the camp?

A. Please make sure to bring your favorite pair of sticks, a practice pad, and a stand (if possible) to hold your practice pad. Vic's will have sticks and pads available for purchase and they may have some stands for rent.

Q. Can I take photos and film at the camp?

A. You are encouraged to take photos and post them anywhere you want! Filming and audio recordings in classes are strictly prohibited. Filming of Jam Nights is allowed but uploading that footage to YouTube/Facebook or anywhere online is forbidden unless the footage is made UNLISTED (not viewable by the general public or searchable in search engines).

Q. What styles of drumming are covered at the camp?

A. The curriculum of Drum Fantasy Camp focuses on building a foundation of solid technique, practice routines, performance, and music industry knowledge. Several styles will be addressed depending on the instructors and the attendees.

See the instructors page for more information about their experience and styles.

Q. Are the concerts open to the public?

A. Yes - anyone can attend our two concerts and both are all-ages. Both are being presented by Martyrs' and tickets are sold directly by the venue. Check back on the camp page (and scroll down) to find concert ticket links. Tickets will be available in the spring.

Q. Who is running this camp?

A. Drum Fantasy Camp is owned and operated by OMC, a company that provides marketing and management services to Dave Weckl, Steve Smith, Simon Phillps, and other top drummers. The camp has been designed by OMC with the direct input of the instructors, but is owned and operated privately. We are not affiliated with Vic's Drum Shop, the Music Garage, nor Martyrs'.

Q. What if I need to cancel my registration? What is the cancellation policy?

A. Please see the bottom of the registration page to where we have our cancellation policy.

Q. I would like my company to be a sponsor of the camp. What is available?

A. Click here to contact us with your proposal.

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Steven Orkin
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