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August 5-9
Vic's Drum Shop
Chicago, IL

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 5. 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 David 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."

The August 9 show featured performances by Dave and first-time instructor Antonio. During theintermission, 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!

This year's 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.

Our famous "Jam Nights" in Vics' Showcase Room were as fun as ever! Attendees played a wide range of tunes with our world-class band.

And there 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 fun!

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