4th Annual Drummer’s Reality Camp Returns June 27-30
LAMA College for Music Professionals, DrumChannel.com Welcome Terry Bozzio, Peter Erskine, Dave Elitch, Alex Acuna, Ziggy Modeliste, Ralph Humphrey, Joe Porcaro, Uli Frost and More
Pasadena, CA – LAMA College for Music Professionals (LAMA) today announced the star-studded lineup of top drummers for its fourth annual Drummer’s Reality Camp. The one-of-a-kind camp spans four days, June 27-30, at LAMA College for Music Professionals and includes clinics, concerts, lectures, performance ensembles, private lessons, as well as a factory tour of DW Drums and a taping at DrumChannel.com studios in Oxnard, California. The camp is $699; campers can access a 10% off promo code by visiting the school’s Facebook page.
“Drummer’s Reality Camp is a wonderful opportunity for drummers of all ages and skill levels to interact with and learn from the best drummers of our time,” says Mike Packer, vice president and drum instructor at LAMA. “The intimate environment of LAMA allows campers to make new friends and acquaintances from the drumming world and get up close and personal with some of the most respected names in drumming.”
“We’re excited to join Drummer’s Reality Camp in partnership with LAMA again this year,” says Don Lombardi, founder of DrumChannel.com. “We’ve jam-packed the schedule with informative clinics, lessons and ensembles so participants get real world experience and a broad understanding of different backgrounds, genres and styles.”
Participating drummers include Terry Bozzio (Missing Persons, Frank Zappa), Dave Elitch (The Mars Volta), Peter Erskine (Steely Dan, Weather Report; USC Thornton School of Music), Alex Acuña (Paul McCartney, Chick Corea) and Ziggy Modeliste (The Meters, Keith Richards). Drum recording specialist Uli Frost, as well as LAMA’s Drum Department Co-Chairs Ralph Humphrey and Joe Porcaro, rock drums instructor Dave Beyer and jazz drums instructor Tony Inzalaco round out this year’s lineup.
A complete schedule is available here: http://www.lama.edu/images/documents/DRC-schedule-2013.pdf
About LAMA College for Music Professionals
LAMA is regarded as one of the premiere music schools in the world, for students who desire an intimate and friendly, yet serious and rigorous contemporary music education. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and located in Pasadena, a suburb of Los Angeles, CA, LAMA offers A.A. degrees and diplomas in music production (music producer and composing for visual media) and music performance (drums, bass, guitar or vocals). Founded in 1996, LAMA has provided a solid musical foundation for more than 1,500 international and domestic students. The Academy offers a significant number of real world playing situations with professional musicians, not just peers, setting the school apart from other prestigious music institutions. LAMA gives its students the skills necessary to apply their learning in a wide variety of professional situations in the music industry.
Drum Channel is the world’s leading, award-winning educational drumming website, featuring hundreds of live and on-demand lessons, shows and master classes. Drum Channel instructors include Terry Bozzio, Chad Smith, Neil Peart, Tony Royster, Jr., Gregg Bissonette, Peter Erskine, Cobus Potgeiter and many more.
More photos from 2012:
Legendary drum stick manufacturer Vic Firth, always very supportive of music education, presented these wonderful gifts — brand new stick bags — to the new drum students at LAMA. All the drummers were absolutely psyched to get this swag to help kick off their school year. Thanks again Vic Firth!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day from all at LAMA!
LAMA alumni Ryan Lacey (pictured; second from left) and his band Gaelic Storm (they have a Billboard #1 World Album) take the stage today for a 100% LIVE, jig-inducing St. Patrick’s Day performance on Mark Cuban’s AXS TV channel at 5pm (PT)/8pm (ET). Check your local listings!
Pete Korpela is an accomplished musician in orchestral, latin, jazz, world, rock, and pop music. He is also a percussion graduate from LAMA and is currently on tour with Josh Groban. He sent us photos and a fantastic update regarding all his TV appearances with Josh over the last week or so which also includes today and tomorrow with Ellen and Jimmy Kimmel. Peter also mentioned that last week they played a show from Lincoln Center which was broadcast across the US in over 500 different movie theaters. This show was taped as a PBS special and will be aired some time this spring. Peter will be performing with Josh in Australia and New Zealand in April as follows:
AUCKLAND: Saturday April 13, Vector Arena
PERTH: Tuesday April 16, Kings Park
ADELAIDE: Thursday April 18, Festival Theatre
MELBOURNE: Saturday April 20, Palais Theatre
SYDNEY: Tuesday April 23, Sydney Opera House
BRISBANE: Friday April 26, Qpac Concert Hall
Here are some photos from his current trip:
LA Music Academy alumni have gone on to play with some of the biggest names in the music industry. LAMA drum grad Chaun Horton is one of them. He just wrapped this video where he talks about growing up and playing in the church, what to expect from the LA Music Academy drum program and playing with pop/R&B stars Macy Gray and Natasha Bedingfield:
Best of luck Chaun — the video turned out great!
One of our drum instructors Gary Ferguson is recording with Phenagen featuring members of Suicidal Tendencies and Pennywise. The video below was posted on YouTube and is a great video of the band in the studio w/producer Darian Rundall during a February 2012 Los Angeles session. For more info on Phenagen visit their official website here.
Warm weather, trips to the beach, hiking outdoors… While summer is a the time for all those things, it’s a great opportunity to polish your musical chops. Prestigious music schools and colleges often offer summer music programs and camps that are open to musicians of all ages and skill levels. Music schools also have more advanced programs for experienced musicians. For the beginner it can be a great way to mingle with music royalty — while at the same time, you’ll get a taste of what day to day life is like at a music college. For the experienced student, a Summer music program can keep you fresh! Nothing would be worse than forgetting what you learned because of too much fun in the sun!
At LA Music Academy’s Summer Program, students write an original song, play in Ensemble Workshops, record, see their instructors performing daily, and much more. As with all programs at the Academy, the small, friendly environment and personal attention combined with daily playing/singing gives the student the most focused style-specific musical training possible in one week. LAMA is currently taking admission submissions now so what are you waiting for? Sign up here .
Guitarists and bassists must possess basic tablature reading skills. Placement evaluations will be held after orientation on the first day. Most students are teens and adults, but children as young as 9 are welcome.
Look for the info about summer music camps on music college websites, like LA Music Academy’s Third Annual Drummers Reality Camp. You may remember the DRC camp from the first two years, which featured some of the top drummers in the world. Taking place June 27th-30th, 2012 #DRC is brought to you by Drum Channel, Guitar Center, and LA Music Academy College of Music. Here you’ll have a chance to hang with and learn from the best drummers on the planet! The 2012 lineup includes Neil Peart, Doane Perry, Jim Keltner, Gil Sharone, Marco Minneman, Ralph Humphrey, Joe Porcaro, Tony Inzalaco, Gary Ferguson, and Uli Frost!
Just because admission requirements for the camp are open to more people doesn’t mean experienced musicians shouldn’t take part as well. In fact some of LAMA’s best students will be sitting front row – who wouldn’t want to hear awesome stories and insight from Rush’s Neil Peart?! For more info on DRC visit the official website. We’ll see you in June!
SO! Don’t fall prey to the summer slack off that some musicians do. You don’t have to ditch the beach and relaxation, but keep sharp and sign up for a summer music experience of some kind!