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August 5-9 - Vic's Drum Shop/The Music Garage
The 10th annual Drum Fantasy Camp family saw the
return of one of its own - two new members - and a
tribute to three instructors who have been with us
since the begining!
It all started on August
Attendees arrived at the Crowne Plaza hotel in
Greektown throughout the day while our world-class
band rehearsed for the evening's opening concert.
Rejoining the band was an important member of the
Drum Fantasy Camp family: Baron Browne
on bass! Baron is a regular member of Steve Smith
and Vital Informaion and he also tours with Billy
Cobham and Jean-Luc Ponty.
Two new artists joined us this year. One of them was
Mark Guiliana, who is well known
for his work with Brad Mehldau, Avishai Cohen, and
Bowie (Blackstar). He was
joined by our Music Director and guitarist Vinny
Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information), our
dynamic singer Chrissi Poland (Bette Midler/Sam
Moore), and keyboardist Stu
Mindeman (Kurt Elling/Gloria Estefan)!
Mark was amazing and joined the great
Virgil Donati for a duet at the end of the
show! Mark, Virgil, Dave Weckl, and
Antonio Sanchez opened the show by
playing Paul Simon's "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover."
August 9 show featured performances by Dave and
first-time instructor Antonio. During the
intermission, camp director Steven Orkin presented
Weckl, Valentino, and Poland with plaques to honor
their 10 years of excellence at Drum Fantasy Camp!
At the end of the show, Dave and Antonio melted the
crowd with a memorable duet!
classes were intense! Mark Guiliana taught concepts
from his Hudson Music book Exploring Your
Creativity on the Drumset. Antonio Sanchez
worked with his students on pure musicality. Virgil,
as always, put attendees at ease with his friendly
approach - teaching advanced concepts in a
straightforward way. Dave worked with his classes by
focusing on foundation.
"Jam Nights" in Vics' Showcase Room were
as fun as ever! Attendees played a wide range of
tunes with our world-class band.
were plenty of fun instructor moments, including an
amazing duet between Dave and Mark! But the
attendees were the real stars - bringing it from
every level of playing ability...and just having
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