Drum Camp: Aug 20-25, 2017  |  Bass Camp: Aug 20-25, 2017

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Instructors

Introducing our amazing line-up of world renowned drummers...

  • Kenny Aronoff

    Kenny Aronoff With a style of playing that combines power and finesse, Kenny Aronoff was named the #1 Pop/Rock Drummer and the #1 Studio Drummer for five consecutive years by the readers of Modern Drummer Magazine. He has played on over 60 Grammy-nominated recordings, with 1,300 gold, platinum, and diamond certified records and sold over 300 million records worldwide. He has been the sideman for many bands both live and in the studio. He is most associated with the John Mellencamp band, also known as "John Cougar Mellencamp". He is also known for his recorded drums and percussion with many recording artists. Kenny Aronoff is one of the most famous, active, and influential rock 'n'roll drummers alive.

  • Dennis Chambers

    Dennis Chambers Irrefutably one of the world's funkiest drummers, Dennis Chambers has recorded and performed with Santana, Parliament/Funkadelic, John Scofield, Carl Filipiak, Steely Dan, John McLaughlin, Mike Stern, Niacin, and many others. A child prodigy, Dennis started playing drums at the age of four and was performing in nightclubs at the age of six. Although Dennis has no formal training, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Berklee College of Music in Boston. Well-known among drummers for his explosive technique and speed, Dennis exhibits a powerful style that is technically proficient yet highly musical and groove-oriented. He can play in a wide variety of musical genres, but is most known for his contributions to jazz, funk, and Latin music.

  • Mario DeCiutiis

    Horacio 'El Negro' Hernandez Mario J DeCiutiis is the founder of Alternate Mode Inc, the makers of the malletKAT, jamKAT and more. Mario is also an accomplished musician who is the Principal Percussionist at Radio City Music Hall since 1979.

    KAT creations have found their way into the hands of some of the biggest names in drumming and percussion and people get a special glint in their eyes when you mention them.

  • Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez

    Horacio 'El Negro' Hernandez Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez is a Grammy Award-winning Cuban drummer and percussionist who plays on the cutting edge of today's music. "El Negro" first gained international recognition playing drums for the extraordinary pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba. Since leaving Cuba in 1990, Hernandez made a name for himself in the US as Afro-Cuban's most visible drummer. A true master of Latin rhythm, his command of the clave leaves even the best drummers in amazement. Whether playing with jazz legends like McCoy Tyner or Michel Camilo, rock stars like Carlos Santana or Steve Winwood, or as a member of renowned Latin ensembles like Tito Puente's Tropi-Jazz All Stars, "El Negro" has earned a strong reputation as one of the most powerful and versatile players in the current musical scene.

  • Giovanni Hidalgo

    Giovanni Hidalgo Giovanni Hidalgo is a legendary Puerto Rican percussionist. The sounds of his childhood were dominated by drums, bongos, congas, and timbales, with much of his early education coming from his father, a renowned conga player in his own right. In the 1980s, Giovanni travelled to Cuba to work with the Batacumbele Band. Through this experience he formed a partnership with the musician Changuito, and together they were able to create a unique style of rhythm, ushering in a new musical era in Latin music. Giovanni has also played and recorded with the likes of Eddie Palmieri and jazz legend Dizzie Gillespie. From 1992 to 1996 Giovanni held a teaching position at the Berklee College of Music, where he taught all types of rhythms, including Puerto Rican, Cuban, reggae, African, and jazz. He continues to tour today and is widely regarded as the greatest living conga player.

  • Simon Langlois

    Mike Mangini Simon Langlois works as a sideman with musicians of every style. He is a real drumming chameleon : one night he can be playing with an acoustic jazz trio and the day after he will be recording for a pop artist or trashing and sweating with a heavy metal band. He has also toured around the world with jazz fusion bass player Alain Caron since the age of 23. Simon is known for his incredible passion for, and dedication to, his instrument. Some people call him the "drum doctor" because of his ability to take any drummer's weakness and transform it into a stength. His drumming is all about power, feel and pocket playing.

  • Mike Mangini

    Mike Mangini Drumming since the age of five and now playing with the world famous band Dream Theater, Mike Mangini first gained notoriety as the drummer for the rock band Extreme, where he quickly established his reputation as a rock-drumming virtuoso. His style is an amalgamation of speed, power, dexterity, and pure musicality. Mike's list of credits includes artists such as Steve Vai, Mike Keneally, Nuno Bettencourt, and Annihilator. Mike is also notorious for having held the record for three out of four World's Fastest Drummer records. Mike has been a teacher at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and has written two books on drumming technique. These books, titled Rhythm Knowledge are a practice method for deconstructing and simplifying complex polyrhythms and time signatures.

  • Vito Rezza

    Vito Rezza The Toronto-based Rezza is known as a drummer's drummer, the kind of player who awes his peers. Vinnie Colaiuta declared "Vito is the world's best kept secret, killin!," while Chick Corea told Vito "I heard your CD. Amazing. What planet are you from, and would you be interested in playing with the Electric Band?" The fact that Rezza was featured on the cover of the November 2011 issue of musician's bible Downbeat further confirms this well-deserved reputation. AllAboutJazz.com senior contributor Raul d'Gama Rose has called Rezza "enormously talented and a virtual legend in the world of percussion. He is much in demand among musicians who value his eclecticism and rhythmic virtuosity as much as they do his harmonic and melodic sensibility." On top of his musical skill sets, Vito Rezza is also an accomplished poet, film and television actor (his credits include the Stone movie series featuring Tom Selleck), and martial arts expert. Vito is nearing completion of a book and DVD on life and his philosophy of living with the drum. A deeply thoughtful and spiritual individual, he can indeed be termed a modern-day renaissance man.

  • Raul Rekow

    Due to the unfortunate passing away of our great friend and camp instructor Raul Rekow, we are dedicating our 2017 Drum Camp to Raul and his contribution to the musical world.

    Characterized as a "force of rhythmic nature", Raul Rekow is a self-taught percussionist who has mastered the art of Afro-Cuban beats. Raul has played congas with Carlos Santana since 1976, participating in the groundbreaking melding of Latin, rock, and funk styles that characterizes the band's history. For over twenty years, Rekow has added his pulsating and colorful rhythms to the Santana sound that has captivated audiences worldwide. Over the years, Raul has also lent his talents to recording and performing artists, including Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Whitney Houston, Tremaine Hawkins, and Herbie Hancock. He has a 'Signature Series' conga drum and bongo made by Latin Percussion and has developed an interactive DVD where students and fans can play along with his magical beats.

Drum: Aug 20-25, 2017

Bass: Aug 20-25, 2017

Location: Orford Arts Centre.
Mount Orford, Quebec, Canada

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