Jazz fusion pioneer Billy Cobham is an internationally
renowned drumming virtuoso, percussionist,
composer, producer, educator and master clinician whose
life has been dedicated to musical exploration and
Cobham began his performing career
with jazz artists such as: Horace Silver, George Benson,
Ron Carter, Thad Jones, Kenny Burrell, Stanley
Turrentine and Shirley Scott. In 1969, Cobham was a
founding member of the band “Dreams,” which featured
brothers Michael and Randy Brecker, along with Jeff
Kent, Doug Lubahn, the late John Abercrombie, Barry
Rogers, Eddie Vernon and later, Will Lee and Don
The following year, he was invited to
join Miles Davis’ group and contributed to four pivotal
recordings by the trumpeter, including Bitches Brew
(where he collaborated with guitarist John McLaughlin)
and Tribute to Jack Johnson.
In the spring of
1971, Cobham was invited by John McLaughlin into the
Mahavishnu Orchestra, joining Jan Hammer, Jerry Goodman,
and Rick Laird. They released three acclaimed albums,
beginning with Inner Mounting Flame. Mahavishnu’s
pioneering combination of classical virtuosity, jazz
spontaneity, and rock prowess broke new ground in the
music world. In this setting, Cobham’s dramatic,
explosive power, extraordinary dexterity, and complex
style of play brought him global attention and critical
When the original Mahavishnu Orchestra
disbanded in 1973, Cobham began leading his own groups
and releasing his own albums, beginning with Spectrum,
which unexpectedly became a sensational hit around the
world. This breakthrough album is widely regarded as one
of the most important, defining statements of the
Throughout his career, Cobham
has appeared on over 300 recordings, including those by
pop and rock icons like Peter Gabriel, Quincy Jones,
Jack Bruce, Bob Weir, and James Brown, and to date, has
produced and released more than forty albums as a
Todd Sucherman is a Modern
Drummer Readers Poll winner again. In 2018, he was
Progressive Rock Drummer and won #1
Recorded Performance for The Mission
(Styx). 2015 saw Sucherman win #1 Progressive Rock
Drummer as well as #1 Clinician in DRUM!
Magazine all the while touring the world with the multi
platinum rock band Styx. His “Methods and Mechanics”
instructional DVD series has won multiple awards, and he
remains an in demand drummer for recording sessions,
clinics and drum festivals all over the world.
Todd attended Berklee College of Music for one year.
There he studied privately with Gary Chaffee, a world
renowned educator with former students the likes of
Steve Smith and Vinnie Colaiuta.
In 1988, Todd
returned to Chicago and quickly established himself as a
first call musician in the recording scene. As an in
demand player for live and session work, this led to his
association with the band Styx. Todd was called in to
record when Styx’s John Panozzo was ill. After John
Panozzo’s untimely death, Todd’s position in the band
was solidified. Twenty years later, Styx continues to
play to millions of fans all over the world averaging
100 dates a year.
In-between his time with Styx
he’s recorded more than 1000 radio and TV spots and
worked with artists such as Peter Cetera, Brian
Culbertson, Spinal Tap, Michael Bolton, The Falling
Wallendas, Eric Marienthal, and Brian Wilson (including
his 2003 release with Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton and
Elton John.) Todd has been an in demand clinician
performing at drum festivals around the world.
Todd has appeared on records released or
(Imagination) (Brian Wilson On Tour DVD) (Gettin’ In
Over My Head – along with Paul SticksInTheAirMcCartney,
Eric Clapton & Elton John) (That Lucky Old Sun CD and
live DVD) (Wilson Reimagines Gershwin)
Mission, Greatest Hits 1&2, Return To Paradise, Brave
New World, Arch Allies, Cyclorama, Styxworld Live, Big
Bang Theory, 21st Century Live, One With Everything with
the CYO, Regeneration Vol 1&2, Grand Illusion/Pieces of
Tommy Shaw (Seven Deadly Zens)
Cetera (One Clear Voice)
Brian Culbertson (After
Hours, Secrets, Somethin’ Bout Love, Come On Up)
Steve Cole (Stay Awhile, Spin)
The Falling Wallendas
(The Falling Wallendas, Belittle)
Bob Mamet (Night
Henry Kapono (Spirit Dancer, Hits)
Galysh (Tone Poet)
Wade Hubbard (Insanity Lane)
Taylor Mills (Lullagoodbye, Under the Surface)
Shearer (Can’t Take a Hint)
Neil Zaza (Peach, Live
From the Kent Stage)
Greg Ridley (Anthology)
Michael Bolton (Only A Woman Like You)
Vinnie Zumo (Swinging Guitar Sounds
of Young America vol.3)
Lee Nysted (One Word)
Billy Ocean, R Kelly, Survivor, Jim Peterik, John
Wetton, Joe Lynn Turner, Fareed Haque,
Steve Kolander, Nicholas Markos, Tim Cunningham, Jim
Brickman, Danny Kravitz, Into the Green, Bill Dickens,
Kane Robberts, and others.
Styx, Brian Wilson, Eric
Marienthal, Spinal Tap, Lawrence Gowan, Brian
Culbertson, Neil Zaza, Steve Cole, Bobby Enriquez, David
Hasselhoff, Dave Uhrich, Falling Wallendas, Bob Mamet,
Darryl Jones, Sandy Torano, Bill Dickens, Fareed Haque,
Peter White, Rick Braun, Michael McDermott,
Aiello, Lionel Cole.
Various drum clinics and
festivals including Cape Breton Drum Fest, Montreal Drum
Fest, Adams Drum Festival, La Rioja Drum Festival,
Rome’s Batterika Festival, PASIC ’06 and ’12, and the
Modern Drummer Festival 2008.
The Negotiator (trailer)
Walls Could Talk 2 (HBO)
Twice upon a Time (Lifetime)
Jingles–over a thousand spots, the likes of McDonald’s,
Pepsi, Reebok, Miller, Nabisco,
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Owner / Camp Director
Steven Orkin is the owner and director of
Drum Fantasy Camp. He also runs Orkin Marketing
Consultants, a music marketing firm in Los
Orkin spent ten years in
corporate marketing and the ad agency world before
starting his firm. He started Drum Fantasy Camp in 2007
to address fan interest in learning with two of his
clients - Steve Smith and Dave Weckl.
manages marketing communications for Weckl, Smith, Simon
Phillilps, Mike Stern, and others.
Manager / Vic's Drum Shop
is the hard-working manager at Vic's Drum Shop - our
host location for Drum Fantasy Camp.
While managing operations at the store, John
organizes and coordinates all the gear needed to run the
camp. He's an invaluable part of our event!
One of many things that separates Drum Fantasy Camp from
any other drum education experience: getting to learn
from and play with four top musicians who also happen
to be fantastic people!
Grammy nominated bassist
James Genus is one of
the most in-demand players on the scene today. James
regularly tours with Herbie Hancock and can be seen
every week on Saturday Night Live. His credits include
Chick Corea, The Brecker Brothers, and an endless list
of top musical acts.
We're excited to have James back at Drum Fantasy Camp!
Attendees will have the opportunity to play with him at
jams and in the Groove Class!
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.
Chrissi Poland has been the heart and soul of Drum
Fantasy Camp since it started in 2007!
of Berklee with a four-octave range, Chrissi is the
energetic leader of our Jam Nights and opening concerts.
A composer and recording artist in her own right,
Chrissi has toured/recorded with artists including Moby,
Bette Midler, Scissor Sisters and Sam Moore.
Chrissi is a true pro who challenges Drum Fantasy Camp
attendees to play with confidence, passion, and solid
is a world-class guitarist and
educator. He is best-known for his work with the
legendary George Benson and Steve Smith's fusion band
Vinny is a "musician's
musician." He plays "in the pocket" and chooses his
notes carefully. He's a writer, arranger, and performer
of the highest order. He is also a great teacher -
helping drummers understand how to be more musical.
Vinny's company, "Play Along Jazz," produces play
along tracks for musicians of every background and
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