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Everything You Need to Know about Drum Fantasy Camp!
Information will be updated before the 2023 Camp

Brief History

Drum Fantasy Camp is the world's leading drum camp experience. DFC is owned and managed by Steven Orkin of Orkin Marketing and Management. Steven manages marketing for iconic drummers Dave Weckl and Steve Smith, plus musicians Mike Stern, Ekalavya, and many more.

The first Drum Fantasy Camp ran in South Orange, NJ, in 2007 and moved to Cleveland from 2008-2014. The camp took place in Chicago from 2015-2019.

In February, 2013, an exciting and successful camp also ran in Ankara, Turkey. In 2019, Access Cuba with Dave Weckl offered a week-long music and cultural experience in Havana.

What Happens at Drum Fantasy Camp?

Drum Fantasy Camp is a serious learning experience for drummers of all ages and playing levels.

Attendees spend a total of six hours with each drumming instructor in a class of approximately 18. Classes are a combination of lecturing and playing. You leave the camp inspired and filled with new ideas. Mark Guiliana's class will feature members of the band. They will support him while teaching and you will get to apply Mark's concepts while playing with them!

In the evenings, you attend jams with our incredible band! You'll sit in for a tune, and you'll get to hang and watch your fellow attendees (and instructors) sit in!

The band features bassist Hagar Ben Ari (The Late Late Show with James Corden), keyboardist Stu Mindeman (Kuirt Elling/Dave Weckl), singer Chrissi Poland (Moby/Michael Bolton), and guitarist Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information).

We also open with an incredible concert featuring all four drumming instructors performing with our band (and some special guests)! The basic schedule is below.

Optional Class!

"Introduction to Recording and Production"
($299 fee)

Legendary recording/live sound engineer Dennis Moody teaches this four hour course. Limited to just 20 attendees, this hands-on course gets you familiar with miking drums, checking phase, getting sounds, and beginning the recording process for drums. The class takes place at a Hollywood-area studio.

Who Attends Drum Fantasy Camp?

Drummers of all ages, musical backgrounds, and playing levels attend. In 2019, male and female drummers from 15 countries and all over the United States attended. The age range was from 10 to 70!

Some of our attendees are on a path to music school. Others have desk jobs or are gigging drummers in their hometowns. And...some are simply looking for the inspiration to pick up the sticks after a long hiatus. All are welcome! We group our attendees based on their playing levels.

There is a great sense of camaraderie at Drum Fantasy Camp. Attendees tend to become good friends - sharing information, cheering each other on at the "Jam Nights," and staying in touch after the experience. The camp feels like a family with many attendees returning year-after-year.

2023 Pricing and Packages  
   
Full Camp Packages  
   
When you register for a full camp package, you spend a whole day with each drumming instructor. You also get admission to all three of our Jam Nights and will sit in for a tune during one of the three nights! Overnight accommodations are included in two of the packages, noted below. Hotel packages include August 5, 6, 7, and 8. Additional nights can be added at the group rate by contacting us. Concert is sold separately, below.

Please fill out the registration form to get started!
   
Full camp (NO HOTEL ROOM): $1749
Full camp with a SHARED HOTEL ROOM with two queen beds: TBA
Full camp with a private hotel room (king bed): TBA

 
Partial Camp Packages  
   
There are two partial-camp packages: one full day with one instructor and two full days with two instructors. Neither package includes lodging, but you can add the hotel at our group rate of $209 (plus tax) by e-mailing us here. The One-Day Package includes attendance (and sitting in for a tune) at one Jam Night. The Two-day Package includes attendance at two Jam Nights (and sitting in for one tune on one of those nights. Please fill out the registration form to choose packages and classes.
   
One Full Day Class with One Instructor $439
Two full days - one instructor per day (includes one Jam Night where YOU play with our band!) $875
Introduction to Recording and Production with Dennis Moody $299

 
Concert Tickets!
(not included with camp packages)
 
   
Drum Fantasy Camp opens with an incredible concert! All four drumming instructors will perform with our world-class band: bassist Hagar Ben Ari (The Late Late Show with James Corden), keyboardist Stu Mindeman (Dave Weckl/Kurt Elling), vocalist Chrissi Poland (Moby/Michael Bolton), guitarist Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information), and special guest Mike Garson (David Bowie).

Tickets are available to the public and must also be purchased separately by our attendees. Space is LIMITED!
$37.50
   

 
Tentative Camp Schedule at a Glance  
   
August 4, 2023
Location: Musicians Institute
 
   
8:00 p.m. Opening concert    
10:30 p.m. Opening concert ends    
       
August 5, 6, and 7, 2023
Location:
Musician's Institute
   
       
9:00 a.m. Morning session with today's instructor    
12:00 p.m. Lunch    
1:30 p.m. Afternoon session with today's instructor    
4:30 p.m. Practice rooms available / rest time    
7:00 p.m. Jam Night!    
       
August 8, 2023
Location:
Musician's Institute
   
       
9:00 a.m. Morning session with today's instructor    
12:00 p.m. Lunch    
1:30 p.m. Afternoon session with today's instructor    
4:30 p.m. Camp Ends    
       
August 9, 2023 - Introduction to Recording and Productions ($299)
Location:
TBA
   
       
9:00 a.m. Group 1 session with Dennis Moody    
1:00 p.m. Group 1 session with Dennis Moody ends    
       
2:00 p.m. Group 2 session with Dennis Moody    
6:00 p.m. Group 2 session with Dennis Moddy ends    
       
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