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MID-ATLANTIC DRUM CAMP
JULY 2025 Date Coming Soon

For Drummers Age 9-22    

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 FAQ'S

What's the price & what's included?  Camp Price Includes room, meals, wi-fi, Group instruction, Clinics, Gear Sessions, Master Classes, t-shirt, swag, snacks, beverages & more.

CAMP PAYMENT: To secure your 2025 spot check back here for downpayment and balance due dates.

Monthly payment options are available.  Email us somardrummers@gmail.com

          * If you need a Rental Kit add $75.  You will need to select the Rental Kit Option on the Registration Form.

The Mid Atlantic Drum Camp is a drum set camp.  If you are interested in Concert Percussion, Marching Percussion or Latin Percussion, we hold events in those specialties throughout the year.

Where is the Camp located?  St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary's City, Maryland. 

Do I need to read music?  NO 

Do I need to bring a Drum Set?   YES  (* We have limited number of rental kits for an additional $75 - they will go fast!)

Who is teaching at the 2024 camp?  Matt Garstka, Thomas Pridgen, Willie Howell, Jamal Moore

Why ages 9-22?  This camp a unique opportunity for the next generation of drummers to increase their knowledge, skills, ideas & capabilities on the kit, while working with the best drummers in the world.  

  

1) What should I expect at the camp?  Lots of drumming, new concepts, applications, ideas, exercises, see & play the latest drum gear, jam sessions every night plus great food & snacks. 

2) I live near the college, can I commute?   YES

Same price for overnight or commuter - all meals are included for commuters.  

 

NOTE:  Requests to change overnight or commuter status includes an administrative fee of $100. Requests for change of status will not be considered after June 30, 2024. Parents are not permitted to "bunk overnight" with their student unless they are a chaperone. 

3) What are the accommodations?  Students are roomed with another student in air conditioned, key access dorm rooms with free Wi-Fi.  Parent chaperons are present in learning areas and dorms 24/7 for safety and assistance.

 

BEDDING! Students and Parent Chaperones bring bedding for a TWIN XL bed (sleeping bag & pillow will work)

4)  Parent Chaperones   Parent Chaperones must obtain a police background check. The $250 chaperone fee is for room & board and their student receives a camp discount. Email us if you are interested in Parent Chaperone.

5) What drums do I bring?  Students should bring a 4 or 5-piece kit including: rug, snare & stand, bass drum & pedal, rack tom(s), 1-floor tom, ride & stand, 1-crash & stand, throne & sticks.  Additional cymbals, double kick pedals, foot aux pedal, stacks, latin percussion, etc., are optional.

6) Rental Kits We have a limited number rental kits for an additional fee of $75.  If you are driving to the camp, bring your own drums.  Rental kits are reserved for students arriving to by air or train. Exceptions are rare!

7)  How do I register for the camp?  2025 registration will open early. winter 2025 

8) What are Skill Groups? How am I assigned?  Students are assembled in 6-skill groups, determined by the Artists & Educators, via student video. Once a student's registration is approved (See Terms & Conditions)  you will need to send a video of yourself playing your best groove in each of the genre's listed below. 

9)  2024 VIDEO ASSESSMENT  Students must email a video - or video link - of themselves playing 4-8 measures of your best drum groove in the 11-styles listed below. Play the grooves in order below. Skip any groove you don't know.  

OPTION:  "Song Style" students can select up to 4 grooves to play as if in a band setting: intro / verse / chorus / bridge / solo, etc.  Transitions from verse to chorus, etc., are encouraged.  SONG STYLE LIMIT is 20-32 measures.

EMAIL your video or video link to   somardrummers@gmail.com beginning May 1. Final Day to Submit your video is June 15, 2024   ➤   Record the grooves in order, at any tempo, any variation.

Hip Hop or GoGo

Rock or Metal

Pop

Disco
Funk 

Odd Time

World Rhythm (ex: Latin, Brazilian, Caribbean, Africa, Indian, etc)

Waltz

Linear

Half Time Shuffle

Polyrhythm

"Sound of Muzak"  by Porcupine Tree • Play 8-measures of the 7/4 Intro Section only 

"Cissy Strut"        by The Meters • Play 8-measures of the Intro groove only

Rudiments on snare slow to fast:  Inverted Paradiddle, Double Paradiddle, Swiss Army Triplet

    ► Skip any groove or rudiment you don't know - play what you know & have fun!

 

10) How am I assigned to a skill group? Artists In Residence of the 2024 Mid Atlantic Drum Camp view each student's video & collectively assign students to one of 6-Skill Groups. Students may be moved to a different Group after the first day of camp.

      Questions? Send us an email ➤ somardrummers@gmail.com

 

     

                                                     

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