Registration is now open for the 2018 Drum Fantasy Camp!
The camp will
take place at Vic's Drum Shop/The Music Garage
in Chicago August 10-14.
Drumming instructors are still being booked.
Music instructors/performers will include
guitarist Vinny Valentino (George
Benson/Vital Information), keyboardist Stu
Mindeman (Kurt Elling), singer
Chrissi Poland (Dave Weckl/Scissor
Sisters), and a bassist TBA.
Right now, you
can choose the full camp, a two-day package, or a
one-day package. If you are interested in a hotel
room, you can let us know on the reigstration
form. We will contact you in February to book that
at our camp rate.
Last year's camp SOLD
OUT. Click here
to register NOW!
2017 Camp Wrapup!
The 11th annual Drum
Fantasy Camp sold out and attracted more than 90
drummers from 12 countries! Click here to read an article about
the camp and view photos!
attending the 2018 camp? Click
here to request a notification
when registration opens (usually January 1).
Jimmy Haslp, Legendary Bassist, Joins Staff!
Jimmy Haslip is one of the world's
most respected and in-demand bass players.
A founding member of legedary jazz group The
Yellowjackets, Jimmy is also well-known for his work
with guitarists Allan Holdsworth and Oz Noy, to name a
few. And he knows his drummers: playing with Dave Weckl,
Virgil Donati, and many more.
We're excited to
add Jimmy to the Drum Fantasy Camp family!
Concert Tickets Now Available to the Public!
Tickets are now available for
Drum Fantasy Camp's famous opening and closing concerts!
Both shows will be at the incredible Martyrs' music club
in Chicago and feature the kind of fireworks our
concerts have become known for.
August 4 show will feature our world class band
jamming out two sets: one with Todd Sucherman,
and one with Steve Smith! At the end of
the show, both drummers will perform together!
The August 8 show will follow the same
format and feature Simon Phillips and
Will Calhoun! Go here to purchase tickets! Hurry -
these are intimate shows and space is limited.
Sabian Education Network Event
Sabian Education Network Program Consultant (and
Broadway drummer) Joe
Bergamini is hosting an official Sabian
Education Network Event on Friday, August 4,
from 10am - Noon at Vic's Drum Shop! Joe will
be joined by DFC instructors Will Calhoun
and Todd Sucherman, plus
Hamilton drummer Tom Hipskind
(also on the faculty of Columbia college) for an
informative panel discussion plus networking. Sabian
Network attendees will be admitted to the August 4 Drum
Fantasy Camp concert at Martyrs' early for more
networking and preferred seating - and
registered members get a $100 discount off of a full
Drum Fantasy Camp registration! Please RSVP for
this event by sending an email with "Chicago" in the
subject line to:
Simon Phillips Joins DFC 2017!
Legendary drummer Simon Phillips has rounded out the
list of instructors for 2017! Simon is well-known for
his early work with artists such as Jeff Beck and Joe
Satriani. He also made a huge splash touring with The
Who in 1989. Most recently, Simon has been redefining
fusion as part of Hiromi: The Trio Project, and his own
band, Protocol. Read more on the staff page!
Todd Sucherman Joins the DFC 2017 Staff!
The amazing Todd Sucherman, who
is well known as a performed and clinician, and whose
credits include Styx, Brian Wilson, Fareed Haque, Rick
Braun, Eric Marianthal, and so many more, has joined the
2017 Drum Fantasy Camp staff!
EARLY REGISTRATION OPEN for the 2017 Drum Fantasy Camp!
Early registration is now open
for the 2017 Drum Fantasy Camp! You can save money and
solidify your spot at the camp (which usually sells out)
by registering now.
Packages available include
full camp (no hotel) and one and two-day packages. If
you want a hotel room, you can add that later!
Steve Smith (Journey/Vital Information)
is confirmed and we are working on adding three more
Drum Fantasy Camp celebrated another successful year!
The 10th annual camp took place August 5-9 at the
incredible Vic's Drum Shop in Chicago! Instructors
included Virgil Donati, Mark Guiliana, Dave Weckl, and
Special thanks to our amazing
attendees from all over the world - and the amazing
staff of Vic's Drum Shop! Click here to see photos and read the
Drum Fantasy Camp on CBS 2 Chicago!
drumFantasy.16 Registration Opens!
The 10th annual Drum Fantasy Camp will
take place August 5-9
at the incredible
Vic's Drum Shop in
Gregg Bissonette, Antonio Sanchez, and
Mark Guiliana are
on board to teach and perform! What an amazing lineup
for our 10th year!
The camp will feature an
opening concert on August 5 and a
closing concert on August 9. Both
shows will once again be at
the incredible Martyrs' music club!
Classes will be
held at Vic's and we'll run our
famous jams in the evening!
Last year's camp SOLD OUT by
REGISTER NOW to
secure a spot! We will keep you
updated as we add two more
incredible drumming instructors!
2015 camp is complete! Drummers
from 15 countries took part in master
classes with Benny Greb, Mike
Mangini, Jojo Mayer, Steve Smith,
and Dave Weckl!
to read a camp summary and view
photos and video!
Stu Mindeman Joins the DFC Staff!
Stuart Mindeman is a versatile
skilled in various styles of music including Jazz, Pop,
R&B, Classical, Salsa/Latin music, Gospel, and more.
He has shared the stage with such names as Fareed
Haque, Gloria Estefan, Rodney Whitaker, Claudio Roditi,
John Clayton, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, and many
others. He is also active in Chicago’s Theater
community, musically directing for The Second City,
In addition to performing, Stuart
maintains a private studio, and is on faculty at the
Chicago Academy for the Arts.
Vic's Drum Shop and Music Garage
Join the Team!
Drum Fantasy Camp has joined forces with the incredible
Vic's Drum Shop and Music Garage! The 2015 camp will
take place in Chicago at this amazing facility August
here to learn more about Vic's!
here to learn more about Music
Garage! Click here
to register for the 2015 Drum Fantasy Camp!
The 2014 Drum Fantasy Camp
was an inspiring experience!
The camp took place July 27-31 at
the beautiful Baldwin Wallace University
conservatory in Cleveland, Ohio.
The 2013 Drum Fantasy Camp, in Cleveland, Ohio, wrapped
55 full-time attendees, plus a dozen
part-timers and hundreds of concert attendees, came from
15 countries to work with Thomas Lang,
Steve Smith, Aaron Spears,
and Dave Weckl!
here to read
about the camp and also our camp in Turkey from February
of 2013. Click
here to see all the photos!
Joe Goretti to Teach "Career
Course" at Drum Fantasy Camp!
Joe Goretti supplies the groove for artists such as
Moby, Robyn, and Ne-Yo. A graduate of Berklee College of
Music, Joe's versatility and musicality keep him in high
demand as a performer, producer and teacher.
offers a very practical and unique drum course called
The Drumming Career Course®. This is a
course designed to give drummers all the tools necessary
to building and maintaining a career as a full-time
Joe and the
Drumming Career Course were featured in the May
2010 issue of Modern Drummer magazine. He will
teach a 1.5 class at Drum Fantasy Camp focused on some
of the most important aspects of his course, which wll
be published in full text in late 2013! The class is
INCLUDED with all full-camp registrations.
Drum Fantasy Camp is excited to announce that Aaron
Spears (Usher/Carrie Underwood)!
many to be one of the most passionate yet humble
musicians of today, Aaron Spears is now the subject of
major attention on the world music circuit. His style is
one born from those that inspired him, the likes of
Travis Barker, Dave Weckl, Dennis Chambers, Papa Jo
Jones, and Stewart Copeland amongst others.
Aaron is the quintessential R&B drummer, and his “in the
pocket” style of playing and authentic delivery is
unparalleled in the world of drummers today.
Registration Now Open for the
2013 U.S. Camp!
Registration is now open for the 2013 Drum Fantasy
Camp! Click here
The 2013 Drum Fantasy Camp
will once again bring together drummers of all
ages, styles, and playing levels, to attend
concerts and small group learning sessions with
the world's greatest drummers.
Thomas Lang, Steve Smith,
and Dave Weckl are on board!
We'll be adding more amazing teachers along the
Returning for our incredible concerts
and Jam Nights (where YOU get to perform): bassist
Baron Browne (Billy Cobham/Vital
Chrissi Poland (Moby/Scissor Sisters),
and guitarist/vocalist Vinny Valentino
(George Benson/Vital Information).
always, space is limited. Click here to read more about the
camp, and then click on the
at any time to reserve your spot at the world's
number one drum camp!
Drum Fantasy Camp Turkey Wraps Up!
The first-ever international Drum Fantasy Camp wrapped
up today! The camp was held at the beautiful Bilkent
hotel in Ankara, Turkey.
Steve Smith, Thomas
Lang, Jojo Mayer, and Teymuralp Merter Fosforoglu were
the drumming instructors. As always, our world-class
band opened the camp with a blowout concert!
Baron Browne (bass), Tom Coster
(keys), Chrissi Poland
(vocals), and Vinny Valentino (guitar)
brought down the house - and also ran our jam nights,
where the attendees got to play!
On the closing
night, legendary jazz fusion group Vital Information
performed to a huge crowd!
Thanks and gratitude
to the amazing people of Turkey, including the hard
working staff! Check out all the photos on the camp's
Turkish Camp Announced!
Drum Fantasy Camp is going
international! The first annual camp in
Turkey will take place February 6-10 in
Thomas Lang, Jojo Mayer,
and Steve Smith will
join John Benitez
(bass), Chrissi Poland
(vocals), and Vinny Valentino
(guitar) for classes, evening jams, and
and registration will being soon! Go to
the top of the page to join our e-mail
list and social networking pages. We'll
let you know when registration opens!
drumFantasy.12 Wraps Up!
The sixth annual Drum Fantasy Camp took
place August 9-13 in Cleveland. Keith
Carlock, Peter Erskine, Will Kennedy,
Steve Smith, and Dave Weckl were the
featured drum instructors. Retired
Cincinnati Symphony percussionist Bill
Platt joined Peter Erskine's classes for
lessons in great hand technique!
Tickets are now on sale for the August 9
and all-star concert at Cleveland's House of Blues! The
clinic starts at Noon and the concert starts at 7:30
The clinic features all five drumming
instructors. They will perform together and run a
roundtable discussion. Topics will run the gamut -
techincal, musical, and educational.
will feature all five instructors sitting in with
bassist John Benitez, keyboardist Jay Oliver, singer
Chrissi Poland, and guitarist Vinny Valentino! It will
be a night of jazz, funk, and lots of "pop!"
Full-time and four-class packages include one ticket to
both of these events!
Not attending the camp?
Need an extra ticket? Click here to learn more about the show
and purchase tickets!
Registration Opens for Bass, Guitar and
Registration is now open for bass, guitar and
keyboard players! You can take classes
with John Benitez, Jay Oliver or Vinny Valentino!
These classes will run very much the way our
drumming classes do. You will take two three-hour
classes per day for four days - and - you'll join the
drum campers and instructors at our three Jam Nights!
You'll even get to jam with the band, AND get a free
ticket to the opening House of Blues concert!
Space is limited. Click
to learn more and register.
Benitez Joins Staff!
Grammy award winning bassist John Benitez has joined the
staff of Drum Fantasy
Camp. He will perform at both concerts, and accompany
attendees during our three Jam Nights!
recorded and performed with top players around the
world, including Chick Corea and Eddie Palmieri. His
solid groove and his mastery of Latin rhythms puts him
among the industry's elite. He's also a fantastic human
Drum Fantasy campers are extremely
lucky to perform with John during Drum Fantasy Camp!
Will Kennedy, the fantastic
longtime drummer of the legendary
fusion group The Yellowjackets, has joined the Drum
Fantasy Camp staff!
Will is an amazing addition
to the staff and we're lucky to have him! His amazing
groove and teaching chops will leave attendees with
plenty to think about and practice.
Registration is now open for the 2012
Drum Fantasy Camp.
The camp will
take place August 9-13 at the Hyatt
Regency Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio. Keith
Carlock, Peter Erskine, Steve Smith, and
Dave Weckl are confirmed. One more
full-time instructor will be added,
along with some bonus classes.
Drum Fantasy Camp attended the 2012 NAMM
Show this past January.
attracted more than 90,000 attendees,
representing the music industry in
hardware, software, music publishing,
and more. DFC director Steven Orkin
visited many of the camp's sponsors and
DFC instructors Peter
Erskine, Steve Smith, and Dave Weckl
performed during NAMM. It was another
2011 Drum Fantasy Camp Wrapup
Drum Fantasy Camp wrapped up its 5th
annual camp today.
campers of all ages and from 16
countries attended. The Mike Stern Band
featuring Tom Kennedy and Bob
Franceschini opened the camp. Dave Weckl
performed with The Jam Night Band on the
last night of the camp.