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Frequently Asked Questions

The following is a list of frequently-asked-questions. If you still need assistance, our contact information is in the right column of this page.

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Q. What is Drum Fantasy Camp?

A. Drum Fantasy Camp is the world's leading drum education experience. It is a unique event where drummers of all levels and from all over the world learn from the very best drummers in the world - all in an intimate and personal setting. Attendees spend one full day with each of our four instructors, attend an amazing concert, and attend three Jam Nights where the campers play with world-class musicians.

Q. What makes Drum Fantasy Camp different from other drum camps?

A. First and foremost, it's our instructors. Year-after-year, our drumming instructors are among the most accomplished drummers in the world. Their recording and performance credits speak volumes, and each is a world-class educator. Additionally, it's the musicians. No other camp assembles a band like ours. As an attendee, you get to watch and perform with top industry pros - and you have the option of subsitituting one drumming instructor for a Groove Class taught by the band! We also offer an optional recording/production course with legendary recording/live engineer Dennis Moody!

Q. Where and when is the camp taking place?

A. The 2022 camp will take place at the amazing Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA, from August 5-9.  "MI" is a world-renowned music school and attendees/parents can attend a music school Q&A at no extra cost. The school is just steps from the famous Hollywood and Highland complex, offering amazing food and entertainment.

Q. What does the camp cost?

A. Pricing is available on the camp information page (just scroll down that page).

Q.  What about COVID-19?

A. Drum Fantasy Camp takes very seriously the COVID-19 pandemic. We will follow all guidelines established by Musicians Institute, plus all city, county, and state guidelines as applicablewhen the camp happens.

We will update our policy prior to the 2023 camp.

Q. How do I know if I am at the right playing level in order to enjoy and appreciate this experience?

A. Drum Fantasy Camp is designed for drummers of all levels. When you fill out the registration form, you will tell us about your playing level and we will use this information to place with a group of similar drummers.

The classes are intimate and cover broad concepts plus more focused individual topics. There are approximately 15 people in each class, so your input affects how the class runs. Even if you're not a high-level player, you'll love the camp if you enjoy talking it and learning about drums.

Q. What about food?

A. Food is not included, but there are plenty of eateries within walking distance of Musicians Institute.

Q. Is this an "overnight" camp?

A. This is your choice. Our hotel packages include August 5, 6, 7, and 8 in the hotel. Additional nights can be added at the group rate of $209 + tax. We offer a non-hotel package for those who do not need a room. You can add the hotel package at any time while rooms in our block last.

If you would like a shared room, we can assign a roommate, or you can stay with someone in particular. The shared room saves you half the hotel cost.

Q. I can't stay for the whole camp. Can I come for only part of the camp?

A. Yes. You can choose one and two-day packages and combine them to fit your needs. Click here to read about camp packages. Two-day packages include one Jam Night where you get to play! You can also attend our incredible opening concert!

Q. What is the general atmosphere of the camp? Is it competitive? Am I good enough?

A. The philosophy of Drum Fantasy Camp is on par with the instructors who teach there. That is: drumming is part of making music, and music is not a competition. You learn and share perspectives on drumming in the most positive and professional manner. And we have found that many past attendees have stayed in touch after the camp.

There is a lot of bonding and sharing of information at the camp. It's a great atmosphere.

Q. What kind of access will I have to the instructors?

A. Full-camp attendees will spend an entire day (five hours of class time) with each instructor. The entire staff will be available throughout the camp. Though they will need breaks just as all the campers will, you will find them hanging around between classes, during the jams, and in the hotel restaurant for breakfast.

These are great times to ask questions and get answers.

Q. How old do you have to be to attend this camp?

A. Drum Fantasy Camp attracts attendees from age 8 to 75. All are welcome, but there are a few guidelines for younger attendees:

Participants must be 18 years-of-age to stay overnight at the camp alone. Participants under the age of 18 may stay overnight if accompanied by a parent or approved family member.

Parents/spouses are not allowed in the classes - both to maximize space and minimiaze distractions. The camp has an office with WiFi and parents/spouses are welcome to hang out with camp director Steven Orkin during the day! Parents/spouses are also welcome at the Jam Nights and concert. MI will offer a class for parents of aspiring music school no charge!

Q. I want to bring a group of students. Is there a discount?

A. Absolutely. Please write to us at to discuss a group discount.

Q. What should I bring to the camp?

A. Please make sure to bring your favorite pair of sticks, a practice pad, and a stand (if possible) to hold your practice pad. There may be some extra stands available and there are drum stores close by if you cannot travel with a pad/stand.

Q. Can I take photos and film at the camp?

A. You are encouraged to take photos and post them anywhere you want! Filming and audio recordings in classes are strictly prohibited. Filming of Jam Nights is allowed but uploading that footage to YouTube/Facebook or anywhere online is forbidden unless the footage is made UNLISTED (not viewable by the general public or searchable in search engines).

Q. What styles of drumming are covered at the camp?

A. The curriculum of Drum Fantasy Camp focuses on building a foundation of solid technique, practice routines, performance, and music industry knowledge. Several styles will be addressed depending on the instructors and the attendees.

See the instructors page for more information about their experience and styles.

Q. Is the opening concert open to the public?

A. Yes - anyone can attend our concert and it is an all-ages show. More information and tickets are available on the concert page.

Q. Who is running this camp?

A. Drum Fantasy Camp is owned and operated by Orkin Marketing and Management, a company that provides services to artists such as Dave Weckl, Steve Smith, Mike Stern, and other top players. The camp has been designed by OMM with the direct input of the instructors, but is owned and operated privately.

Q. What if I need to cancel my registration? What is the cancellation policy?

A. Please see the bottom of the registration page to where we have our cancellation policy.

Q. I would like my company to be a sponsor of the camp. What is available?

A. Click here to contact us with your proposal.

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Steven Orkin
Camp Director