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    Fri, 09 Aug 2013 13:22:35

    Drumming to Take Center Stage at Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp in November - We have all details

    The rhythm is gonna get you.

    Modern Drummer, the world's top drum magazine considered the bible of all things drums and drumming, presents the ultimate Rock 'n' Roll experience November 8 through 11 at Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp (RRFC). At Rock's Rhythm Masters Presented by Modern Drummer, campers will live a part of the famous life with music legends as they write music, rehearse as members of a band, record original music and perform live at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. The three-day camp, which is on sale now at RockCamp.com, is affordably priced at $1,995.

    "Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp and Modern Drummer is a perfect marriage and our campers will be excited at the terrific rock star lineup we have for them," said Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp Founder David Fishof. "The affordable pricing is meant to bring the rock camp experience to everyone."

    Kit minders of the world might want to perk up and pay attention to these deets.

    Campers will have an up-close-and-personal opportunity to learn from legends who have played and toured with some of music's greatest acts of all-time, including Waddy Wachtel (Stevie Nicks, Keith Richards and James Taylor), Russ Kunkel (Bob Dylan and Neil Young), Leland Sklar (Phil Collins and Jackson Browne) and Danny Kortchmar (James Taylor and Don Henley).

    Over the course of three rock-filled days, campers will be placed into bands led by rock star counselors Alan White (YES) and Joe Vitale (Joe Walsh and CSNY) with more to be announced in the near future. Special guests for the camp will include Hal Blaine (The Wrecking Crew, The Beach Boys, Elvis, John Denver and Simon & Garfunkel), Jim Keltner (George Harrison and John Lennon) and John JR Robinson (Rufus, Michael Jackson and Peter Frampton).

    "What we will try to pass along to the campers is how we function as an ensemble and how to work together as a band," said Waddy Wachtel. "Each player finds something they like to play, but much more importantly, they find something that really works in terms of counterpoint to the melody of the song and supporting the song by not trying to play like a virtuoso soloist. Great records live forever because of several elements, and that is definitely one of most crucial."

    Musicians will hone their stage presence, learn to play some of rock music's greatest songs, get tips on playing as a band and hear stories of life on the road from their counselors. Campers will also attend master classes with renowned musicians prior to performing live with their band in front of an audience at MGM Grand.

    The package is priced at $1,995 as part of an early bird special for any sign-ups before October 1. Campers can have the true rock experience by adding a private, eight-hour recording session for $2,500 in Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp's state-of-the-art recording studios.

    Visit RockCamp.com for more info.

    Any aspiring drummers interested?

    —Maggie Pannacione

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