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Everything You Need to Know about Drum Fantasy 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, John Daversa, 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. DFC moved to Los Angeles in 2022 after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 of our four drumming instructors in a class of 20 (or less). Classes are a combination of lecturing and playing. You leave the camp inspired and filled with new ideas. One of our instructor's classes features members of the band.

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).

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

Who Attends Drum Fantasy Camp?

Drummers of all ages, musical backgrounds, and playing levels attend. In 2023, 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.

2024 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 2, 3, 4, and 5. Additional nights can be added at the group rate of $199 + tax by contacting us. Concert is sold separately, below.

Please fill out the registration form to get started!
   
Full camp (NO HOTEL ROOM): $1,899
Full camp with a private hotel room (king bed):
(August 2, 3, 4 & 5 included. Extra days may be purchased directly through the camp for $199/night + tax)
$2,825

 
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 $199 (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, 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 (includes one Jam Night. You play one tune that night.) $475
Two full days - one instructor per day (includes two Jam Nights. You play once.) $950
Studio Day with Simon Phillips: Four hours learning miking/recording technique for drums! $249

 
Concert Tickets!
(not included with camp packages)
 
   
Drum Fantasy Camp is presenting an all-ages concert at LA's famous Baked Potato Jazz Club on August 5! The concert will feature Chris Coleman, Mike Mangini, Simon Phillips, and our all-star 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), and guitarist Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information), plus special guests.

There will be two sets - 8pm and 10pm (same music for both sets).

SPACE IS LIMITED!

DFC attendees (and family/friends should purchase tickets
here.

The general public should purchase tickets
here.
 
   

 
Camp Schedule at a Glance  
   
August 3, 4, and 5, 2024
The Colburn School
   
       
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! (8pm concert on August 5)    
       
August 6, 2024
The Colburn School
   
       
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 7, 2024
Simon Phillips Studio Day at Fever Studio - North Hollywood (SOLD SEPARATELY)
       
9:00 a.m. Class Begins    
1:00 p.m. Class Ends    
       
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