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8.15.22 Join the Interest List for the 2023 Drum Fantasy Camp!

The 2022 camp is now complete!

We'll announce instructors and open registration on
January 1, 2023. Join our interest list now and we'll send you an e-mail when things come together! Click here to send us an e-mail!
8.10.22 2022 Recap!

Drum Fantasy Camp triumphantly returned after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic! The sold out event took place August 5-9, 2022, at Musicians Institute and the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles!

Drumming instructors included
Mark Guiliana (David Bowie/Avishai Cohen), Simon Phillips (The Who/Jeff Beck), Steve Smith (Journey/Vital Information), and Dave Weckl (Chick Corea/Michel Camilo). The band featured bassist Hagar Ben Ari (The Late Late Show with James Corden), pianist Mike Garson (David Bowie), keyboardist Stu Mindeman (Kurt Elling), singer Chrissi Poland (Michael Bolton/Moby), and guitarist Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information).

here to read more!

2022 Opening Concert: Tribute to Drummers We Recently Lost

2022 Opening Concert: Dave Weckl Performs
Stevie Wonder's "Do I Do"

6.2.22 Mike Garson, "Bowie's Piano Man," Joins Staff!

Mike Garson, the legendary pianist/composer, will join the 2022 Drum Fantasy Camp staff. Mike will join guitarist Vinny Valentino and bassist Hagar Ben Ari as a co-instructor in Mark Guiliana's classes. All full-camp attendees and those who purchase Mark's class separately will get to learn with Mr. Garson. He will also sit in at the
opening concert.

Garson was David Bowie's longest-serving and most frequently appearing band member. They appeared on stage more 1,000 times together. Garson now heads up "A Bowie Celebration," the annual tour that features top pop acts paying tribute to David Bowie.

A true jazz master, Garson is equally comfortable and welcomed in the pop world. He has recorded/performed with Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, St. Vincent, and many more. DFC attendees will benefit from Mike's deep music knowledge.
3.27.22 Concert Tickets NOW ON SALE!

Tickets are now on sale for our amazing opening concert! "The Drumming All Stars" concert will take place at Musicians Institute on Friday, August 5, at 8:00pm.

The concert features sets featuring each of our four drumming instructors: Mark Guiliana, Simon Phillips, Steve Smith, and Dave Weckl. They'll be supporting our killer band: featuring bassist Hagar Ben Ari (The Late Late Show with James Corden), keyboardist Stu Mindeman (Kurt Elling/Dave Weckl), singer Chrissi Poland (Moby/Michael Bolton), and guitarist Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information). Some special guests might sneak in!

This is an all-ages concert. Tickets are sold separately from camp registrations and are available in limited quantities. Go here to learn more and purchase tickets!
1.31.22 Register for Drum Fantasy Camp 2022!

Drum Fantasy Camp is back! After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the next Drum Fantasy Camp is set: August 5-9, 2022, at Musicians Institute and the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, CA!

Mark Guiliana (David Bowie/Brad Mehldau), Simon Phillips (Toto/Protocol), Steve Smith (Journey/Vital Information), and Dave Weckl (Chick Corea/Mike Stern) are on board! 

Returning to DFC is our incredible band featuring bassist Hagar Ben Ari (The Late Late Show with James Corden), keyboardist Stu Mindeman (Kurt Elling/Dave Weckl), singer Chrissi Poland (Moby/Michael Bolton), and guitarist Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information).

We have also added two new a-la-carte classes: Parent and Student Career Course (complimentary for attendees and their parents) taught by Stewart Jean (Musicians Institute), and Introduction to Recording and Production taught by world renowned engineer/producer Dennis Moody.

Click here for pricing, the schedule, and all the info!
Click here to register and grab your spot!
6.1.21 Drum Fantasy Camp is Now on ZOOM!

The 2021 Drum Fantasy Camp will not be taking place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But dozens of the world's greatest drummers are running 3-hour ZOOM master classes all throughout the summer!

Most classes are just $149. Space is limited, usually to 15 participants. This ensures that each participant can ask questions and get feedback.

So far, classes have been selling out quickly! Click here to scroll through classes!

Drum Fantasy Camp will return in 2022 with another world-class program! Please be safe...
8.20.19 2019 Drum Fantasy Camp Wrap Up!

The 2019 Drum Fantasy Camp is now complete! More than 70 drummers took part in our small classes, nightly jams, and two blowout concerts!

Click here to read about the camp and view the photo album!
4.28.19 Chad Wackerman and Janek Gwizdala Round out 2019 Staff!

Drumming legendy Chad Wackerman has joined staff! Chad will join Dennis Chambers, Steve Smith, and Gergo Borlai August 9-13 at the incredible Vic's Drum Shop in Chicago!

Chad is best-known for his cutting-edge work with Allan Holdsworth and Frank Zappa. Chad's versatility has earned him countelss other gigs with stars such as Barbara Streisand as well rock and fusion gigs worldwide. He's also an accomplished bandleader and educator.

Janek Gwizdala is one of the most in-demand bass players on the planet. A Berklee alum, Janek regularly tours with Pat Metheny, Mike Stern, Wayne Krantz, Marcus Miller, and many more.

He's an accomplished teacher and will join Vinny Valentino in teaching the optional Groove Class. You can choose that during the registration process!

We're thrilled to have both of these fantastic musicians!

here for pricing and information!
3.13.19 Gergo Borlai Joins the 2019 Staff!

Drumming sensation Gergo Borlai will join Steve Smith, Dennis Chambers, and one more instructor at Drum Fantasy Camp - August 9-13 at Vic's Drum Shop in Chicago!

Gergo started playing drums at the age of three and was accepted into music school at the age of six. Gergo has performed with Gary Willis, Scott Kinsey, Hiram Bullock, Bernon Reid, L. Shankar, Bob Mintzer, Mohini Dey, and more.

here for pricing and information!

2.6.19 AccessCuba with Dave Weckl: Recap!

Drum Fantasy Camp completed its first-ever AccessCuba trip!

24 people joined legendary drummer Dave Weckl for musical exchanges, concerts featuring Dave, and plenty of exploration in Havana! It was an incredible experience - the first of many.

Click here for a full recap, photos, and videos! You can also read about past Drum Fantasy Camps!
1.11.19 Registration for the 2019 Drum Fantasy Camp is Now Open!

Registration for the 2019 Drum Fantasy Camp is now open!

The camp will take place August 9-13, 2019, at the incredible Vic's Drum Shop in Chicago! Drumming legends
Steve Smith and Dennis Chambers are on board and we will add two more instructors.

Our world-class band is back, featuring: bassist
James Genus (Herbie Hancock/Saturday Night Live), keyboardist Stu Mindeman (Kurt Elling), singer Chrissi Poland (Moby/Sam Moore), and Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information).

Space is limited. Click
here for more info and pricing. Click here to register!
8.15.18 2018 Camp Photos and Video

The 2018 Drum Fantasy Camp is now complete! Thanks to everyone who took part in our 12th annual event!

Photos, videos, and a full rundown on drumFantasy.18 is right here!
6.1.18 Concert Tickets Now Available!

Tickets for our opening and closing concerts at Martyrs' music club are now available to the public! Both shows are all-ages!

The August 10 opening concert features legendary drummer Billy Cobham and Todd Sucherman! The August 14 closing concert features Robert "Sput" Searight and Matt Garstka!

Both concerts feature our amazing band with bassist James Genus (Herbie Hancock/Saturday Night Live), guitarist Vinny Valentino (Vital Information/George Benson), Chrissi Poland (Dave Weckl/Moby), and Chicago-based keyboardists Paul Mutzabaugh and Stu Mindeman! If you have attended these concerts before, you know that you can expect drum duets both nights and lots of energy!

Martyrs' features great cocktails and food and in incredible live club atmosphere. This show is suitable for ALL AGES.

Space is LIMITED. Go here to purchase your tickets now.
4.13.18 Matt Garstka and Robert "Sput Searight" Round out 2018 Roster!

Drum Fantasy Camp is excited to welcome two first-time instructors to our roster!

Robert "Sput" Searight hit the scene hard with his contributions to the band "Snarky Puppy." Robert has been involved in many large pop projects, such as Justin Timberlake, Celine Dion, and P Diddy. He is also a busy composer and producer.

Matt Garstka has made a name for himself as an incredibly versatile drummer who drives the very popular band "Animals As Leaders."

Matt and Sput round out a powerful DFC roster with Todd Sucherman and the legendary Billy Cobham. Learn more about each instructor here. Register for DFC here!
1.5.18 2018 Registration Open!

The 2018 Drum Fantasy Camp will take place at Vic's Drum Shop/The Music Garage in Chicago August 10-14. Registration is now open!

Drumming legend Billy Cobham will be joined by the GREAT Todd Sucherman and two more drumming instructors to be announced soon. Music instructors/performers will include bassist James Genus (Chick Corea/Herbie Hancock), guitarist Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information), keyboardist Stu Mindeman (Kurt Elling), and singer Chrissi Poland (Dave Weckl/Scissor Sisters).

Last year's camp SOLD OUT. Click here to register NOW!
9.13.17 2017 Camp Wrapup!

The 11th annual Drum Fantasy Camp sold out and attracted more than 90 drummers from 12 countries! Click here to read an article about the camp and view photos!
6.13.17 Jimmy Haslip, Legendary Bassist, Joins Staff!

Jimmy Haslip is one of the world's most respected and in-demand bass players.

A founding member of legedary jazz group The Yellowjackets, Jimmy is also well-known for his work with guitarists Allan Holdsworth and Oz Noy, to name a few. And he knows his drummers: playing with Dave Weckl, Virgil Donati, and many more.

We're excited to add Jimmy to the Drum Fantasy Camp family!
5.16.17 Concert Tickets Now Available to the Public!

Tickets are now available for Drum Fantasy Camp's famous opening and closing concerts! Both shows will be at the incredible Martyrs' music club in Chicago and feature the kind of fireworks our concerts have become known for.

The August 4 show will feature our world class band jamming out two sets: one with Todd Sucherman, and one with Steve Smith! At the end of the show, both drummers will perform together!

The August 8 show will follow the same format and feature Simon Phillips and Will Calhoun! Go here to purchase tickets! Hurry - these are intimate shows and space is limited.
5.8.17 Sabian Education Network Event

Sabian Education Network Program Consultant (and Broadway drummer) Joe Bergamini is hosting an official Sabian Education Network Event on Friday, August 4, from 10am - Noon at Vic's Drum Shop! Joe will be joined by DFC instructors Will Calhoun and Todd Sucherman, plus Hamilton drummer Tom Hipskind (also on the faculty of Columbia college) for an informative panel discussion plus networking.

Sabian Network attendees will be admitted to the August 4 Drum Fantasy Camp concert at Martyrs' early for more networking and preferred seating - and registered members get a $100 discount off of a full Drum Fantasy Camp registration! Please RSVP for this event by sending an email with "Chicago" in the subject line to: .
4.3.17 Simon Phillips Joins DFC 2017!

Legendary drummer Simon Phillips has rounded out the list of instructors for 2017!

Simon is well-known for his early work with artists such as Jeff Beck and Joe Satriani. He also made a huge splash touring with The Who in 1989. Most recently, Simon has been redefining fusion as part of Hiromi: The Trio Project, and his own band, Protocol.
1.25.17 Todd Sucherman Joins the DFC 2017 Staff!

The amazing Todd Sucherman, who is well known as a performed and clinician, and whose credits include Styx, Brian Wilson, Fareed Haque, Rick Braun, Eric Marianthal, and so many more, has joined the 2017 Drum Fantasy Camp staff!

Read more about Todd here!
12.13.16 EARLY REGISTRATION OPEN for the 2017 Drum Fantasy Camp!

Early registration is now open for the 2017 Drum Fantasy Camp! You can save money and solidify your spot at the camp (which usually sells out) by registering now.

Packages available include full camp (no hotel) and one and two-day packages. If you want a hotel room, you can add that later! Steve Smith (Journey/Vital Information) is confirmed and we are working on adding three more instructors!
8.15.16 drumFantasy.16 Wrapup!

Drum Fantasy Camp celebrated another successful year! The 10th annual camp took place August 5-9 at the incredible Vic's Drum Shop in Chicago! Instructors included Virgil Donati, Mark Guiliana, Dave Weckl, and Antonio Sanchez!

Special thanks to our amazing attendees from all over the world - and the amazing staff of Vic's Drum Shop! Click here to see photos and read the full story!
8/10/16 Drum Fantasy Camp on CBS 2 Chicago!

3/1/16 drumFantasy.16 Registration Opens!

The 10th annual Drum Fantasy Camp will take place August 5-9 at the incredible Vic's Drum Shop in Chicago! Dave Weckl, Virgil Donati, Antonio Sanchez, and Mark Guiliana are on board to teach and perform! What an amazing lineup for our 10th year!

The camp will feature an opening concert on August 5 and a closing concert on August 9. Both shows will once again be at the incredible Martyrs' music club! Classes will be held at Vic's and we'll run our famous jams in the evening!

Last year's camp SOLD OUT by early summer. REGISTER NOW to secure a spot! We will keep you updated as we add two more incredible drumming instructors!
8.11.15 drumFantasy.15 Wrapup!

The 2015 camp is complete! Drummers from 15 countries took part in master classes with Benny Greb, Mike Mangini, Jojo Mayer, Steve Smith, and Dave Weckl!

here to read a camp summary and view photos and video!
5.9.15 Stu Mindeman Joins the DFC Staff!

Stuart Mindeman is a versatile pianist/keyboardist 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, among others.

In addition to performing, Stuart maintains a private studio, and is on faculty at the Chicago Academy for the Arts.
3.1.15 Vic's Drum Shop and Music Garage Join the Team!

Drum Fantasy Camp has joined forces with the incredible Vic's Drum Shop and Music Garage! The 2015 camp will take place in Chicago at this amazing facility August 7-11!

here to learn more about Vic's!

here to learn more about Music Garage! Click here to register for the 2015 Drum Fantasy Camp!
2.22.14 drumFantasy.14 Wrapup!

The 2014 Drum Fantasy Camp was an inspiring experience! The camp took place July 27-31 at the beautiful Baldwin Wallace University conservatory in Cleveland, Ohio.

Read all about it
8.13.13 drumFantasy.13 Wrapup!

The 2013 Drum Fantasy Camp, in Cleveland, Ohio, wrapped up today!

55 full-time attendees, plus a dozen part-timers and hundreds of concert attendees, came from 15 countries to work with Thomas Lang, Steve Smith, Aaron Spears, and Dave Weckl!

here to read about the camp and also our camp in Turkey from February of 2013.
7.6.13 Joe Goretti to Teach "Career Course" at Drum Fantasy Camp!

Joe Goretti supplies the groove for artists such as Moby, Robyn, and Ne-Yo. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Joe's versatility and musicality keep him in high demand as a performer, producer and teacher.

Joe offers a very practical and unique drum course called The Drumming Career Course®. This is a course designed to give drummers all the tools necessary to building and maintaining a career as a full-time professional drummer.

Joe and the Drumming Career Course were featured in the May 2010 issue of Modern Drummer magazine. He will teach a 1.5 class at Drum Fantasy Camp focused on some of the most important aspects of his course, which wll be published in full text in late 2013! The class is INCLUDED with all full-camp registrations.

Click here to register for the camp!
4.30.13 Aaron Spears Joins the 2013 Staff!

Drum Fantasy Camp is excited to announce that Aaron Spears (Usher/Carrie Underwood)!

Considered by many to be one of the most passionate yet humble musicians of today, Aaron Spears is now the subject of major attention on the world music circuit. His style is one born from those that inspired him, the likes of Travis Barker, Dave Weckl, Dennis Chambers, Papa Jo Jones, and Stewart Copeland amongst others.

Aaron is the quintessential R&B drummer, and his “in the pocket” style of playing and authentic delivery is unparalleled in the world of drummers today.
4.1.13 Registration Now Open for the 2013 U.S. Camp!

Registration is now open for the 2013 Drum Fantasy Camp!

The 2013 Drum Fantasy Camp will once again bring together drummers of all ages, styles, and playing levels, to attend concerts and small group learning sessions with the world's greatest drummers.

So far, Thomas Lang, Steve Smith, and Dave Weckl are on board! We'll be adding more amazing teachers along the way.

Returning for our incredible concerts and Jam Nights (where YOU get to perform): bassist Baron Browne (Billy Cobham/Vital Information), singer/keyboardist Chrissi Poland (Moby/Scissor Sisters), and guitarist/vocalist Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information).

As always, space is limited. Click here to read more about the camp,
and then click on the registration page at any time to reserve your
spot at the world's number one drum camp!
2.15.13 Drum Fantasy Camp Turkey Wraps Up!

The first-ever international Drum Fantasy Camp wrapped up today! The camp was held at the beautiful Bilkent hotel in Ankara, Turkey.

Steve Smith, Thomas Lang, Jojo Mayer, and Teymuralp Merter Fosforoglu were the drumming instructors. As always, our world-class band opened the camp with a blowout concert! Baron Browne (bass), Tom Coster (keys), Chrissi Poland (vocals), and Vinny Valentino (guitar) brought down the house - and also ran our jam nights, where the attendees got to play!

On the closing night, legendary jazz fusion group Vital Information performed to a huge crowd!

Thanks and gratitude to the amazing people of Turkey, including the hard working staff! Read more and view photos
10.13.12 Turkish Camp Announced!

Drum Fantasy Camp is going international! The first annual camp in Turkey will take place February 6-10 in Ankara, Turkey!

Drummers Thomas Lang, Jojo Mayer, and Steve Smith will join John Benitez (bass), Chrissi Poland (vocals), and Vinny Valentino (guitar) for classes, evening jams, and two concerts!

More information and registration will being soon! Go to the top of the page to join our e-mail list and social networking pages. We'll let you know when registration opens!
8.13.12 drumFantasy.12 Wraps Up!

The sixth annual Drum Fantasy Camp took place August 9-13 in Cleveland. Keith Carlock, Peter Erskine, Will Kennedy, Steve Smith, and Dave Weckl were the featured drum instructors. Retired Cincinnati Symphony percussionist Bill Platt joined Peter Erskine's classes for lessons in great hand technique!

here for a recap, photos, and videos!
5.25.12 Clinic and Concert Tickets on Sale!

Tickets are now on sale for the August 9 clinic and all-star concert at Cleveland's House of Blues! The clinic starts at Noon and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

The clinic features all five drumming instructors. They will perform together and run a roundtable discussion. Topics will run the gamut - techincal, musical, and educational.

The concert will feature all five instructors sitting in with bassist John Benitez, keyboardist Jay Oliver, singer Chrissi Poland, and guitarist Vinny Valentino! It will be a night of jazz, funk, and lots of "pop!"

Full-time and four-class packages include one ticket to both of these events!

Not attending the camp? Need an extra ticket? Click here to learn more about the show and purchase tickets!
5.17.12 Registration Opens for Bass, Guitar and Keyboard Players!

Registration is now open for bass, guitar and keyboard players! You can take classes with John Benitez, Jay Oliver or Vinny Valentino!

These classes will run very much the way our drumming classes do. You will take two three-hour classes per day for four days - and - you'll join the drum campers and instructors at our three Jam Nights! You'll even get to jam with the band, AND get a free ticket to the opening House of Blues concert!

Space is limited.
5.1.12 John Benitez Joins Staff!

Grammy award winning bassist John Benitez has joined the staff of Drum Fantasy Camp. He will perform at both concerts, and accompany attendees during our three Jam Nights!

John has recorded and performed with top players around the world, including Chick Corea and Eddie Palmieri. His solid groove and his mastery of Latin rhythms puts him among the industry's elite. He's also a fantastic human being!

Drum Fantasy campers are extremely lucky to perform with John during Drum Fantasy Camp!
3.26.12 Welcome Will Kennedy!

Will Kennedy, the fantastic longtime drummer of the legendary fusion group The Yellowjackets, has joined the Drum Fantasy Camp staff!

Will is an amazing addition to the staff and we're lucky to have him! His amazing groove and teaching chops will leave attendees with plenty to think about and practice.
2.29.12 Registration Opens for the 2012 Drum Fantasy Camp

Registration is now open for the 2012 Drum Fantasy Camp.

The camp will take place August 9-13 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio. Keith Carlock, Peter Erskine, Steve Smith, and Dave Weckl are confirmed. One more full-time instructor will be added, along with some bonus classes.
1.22.12 DFC at the NAMM Show

Drum Fantasy Camp attended the 2012 NAMM Show this past January.

The show attracted more than 90,000 attendees, representing the music industry in hardware, software, music publishing, and more. DFC director Steven Orkin visited many of the camp's sponsors and artists.

DFC instructors Peter Erskine, Steve Smith, and Dave Weckl performed during NAMM. It was another amazing year!
8.15.11 2011 Drum Fantasy Camp Wrapup

Drum Fantasy Camp wrapped up its 5th annual camp today.

77 full-time campers of all ages and from 16 countries attended. The Mike Stern Band featuring Tom Kennedy and Bob Franceschini opened the camp. Dave Weckl performed with The Jam Night Band on the last night of the camp.

here to read more and see photos.
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