MIKES LESSONS DRUM CAMP INFORMATION
MikesLessons.com Drum Camp Info
What is the price of drum camp?
This fee does not include travel, food or lodging
($200.00 non-refundable deposit is collected at time or reservation and the remainder balance of $550.00 is due 45 days prior to your camp arrival date.)
Where is drum camp located/hosted?
Drum camp is held at our studio in Northern California in the city of Folsom, which is about 20 miles east of Sacramento. We are in Old Historic Folsom, which is full of history, great restaurants, shops and an amazing bike trail along the American River. Each day will be spent primarily at the studio and when on breaks students can go into Old town to eat, get a treat, shop or even take a stroll on the trail.
What level/types of drum camps do you host?
We have Intermediate and Advanced level camps as well as Teacher camps and All Female camps.
Where do students lodge while at drum camp:
Students stay at the Lake Natoma Inn (www.lakenatomainn.com) which is about 50 feet from our studio, across our parking lot. We have a special rate of $99 (tax included) per night. Our special rate includes a cold continental breakfast each morning with the option to upgrade to a hot breakfast buffet for only $3 each morning. Each student has the option to share a room at the hotel. You can share a double Queen bedroom and split the cost with another camper if you would like to save on the hotel cost. Each student who would like to share a room is paired by who is nearest in age.
What airport is the best to use when flying to camp and going home?
The Sacramento International Airport (SMF) is the airport to use.
Is a rental car necessary?
No, not unless the student feels they need one. We do provide a free shuttle on camp arrival and departure dates as long as the students flight times coincide with the shuttle times you will be given once you are reserved for camp.
If I would like to use the free shuttle, when should my flight arrive and depart into the SMF Airport on the arrival and departure dates?
Arrival date (always a Saturday): Flight should arrive between 2:00-4:00pm PST (you can arrive earlier than 2pm and still catch the free shuttle but you may have a longer wait at the airport depending on the rest of the students flights)
Departure date (will always be the following Saturday after your arrival): Flight should depart between 12:00-2:00pm PST (again, you can depart later then 2pm and still catch the free shuttle but you may have a longer wait at the airport.)
How long are the drum camps?
Each camp is 6 full days of classes. Students arrive on a Saturday for Orientation and Meet & Greet and the camps run from Sunday thru Friday and the students depart on Saturday.
What do the days look like during camp?
Each day begins between 9-11am and will typically end at 9pm.
Breaks for lunch and dinner are given and there is plenty of practice time during the 3 days where each student gets 30 minutes one-on-one time with Mike to discuss your personal goals and struggles.
How many students per camp?
The limit is 8 students per camp to maximize personal attention and the students experience.
How are meals handled?
The Lake Natoma Inn provides a cold continental breakfast each morning for those staying there. There are about 12 restaurants in Old Historic Folsom to choose from for lunch and dinner. The types of foods and restaurants you'll find are: bakery, cafes, sandwiches, burgers, Chinese, Mexican, Italian, French and Thai. No fast food with in walking distance. If you would like to save money on food, we always offer to make a trip to the grocery store for the students. Students can write a small grocery list of items (student pays for groceries) to have in their room. The hotel rooms are furnished with a small refrigerator and microwave. This makes it convenient to store sandwich items, etc.
The minimum age for our drum camps is 14 years old. We have had a very broad range of ages at each camp, anywhere from 14 to over 60 years of age. If you are under the age of 18, you are required to travel with a parent or legal guardian. If having a parent or legal guardian travel with you is not an option, please email Amber at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.
How do I know if I should sign up for the Intermediate or Advanced level camp?
The Intermediate camp is focused on providing you the skills required to be proficient in all facets of drumming such as speed, independence, groove, timing, listening and being able to play multiple styles and genres.
The Advanced camp starts off assuming that you already have a good grasp of everything covered in the Intermediate camp. We will be working on the same topics as the Intermediate camp but the curriculum is designed to help you become truly advanced in every aspect of general drumming.
If you are still unsure of what level, you can send us a video of your playing various aspects of drumming and Mike can help.
Schedule for the next season (2013)
April 6th - 13th Intermediate Camp - sold out
May 4th - 11th Intermediate Camp - sold out
May 18th - 25th Intermediate Camp - sold out
June 8th - 15th Teacher Camp - 2 spots open
June 22nd - 29th Advanced Camp - sold out
July 6th - 13th Advanced Camp - sold out
July 20th - 27th All Ladies Camp - sold out
August 3rd - 10th Intermediate Camp - sold out
August 17th - 24th Intermediate Camp - sold out
September 14th - 21st Intermediate Camp - 6 spots open (Newly added to schedule)
Occasionally we do have cancellations so if you are still interested in any camp that is already sold out, please email me and I can add you to the "Alternate" list and will email you if/when there is a cancellation.
How do I sign up and what is required to reserve my spot?
To reserve your spot in one of our drum camps, you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of $200.00. If you are ready to reserve your spot, please copy and paste questions 1 - 10 and then click on the "Reserve Your Spot Today" button. On this form, please paste the questions 1- 10 and answer them, then submit your reservation email. We will contact you with in 24 hours about your camp reservation.
1) What are the dates and level of camp you want to sign up for?
2) What is your full legal name, as shown on your ID or driver's license? If you are called something different or have a nick name, what is that?
3) Are you male or female?
4) What is your date of birth? mm/dd/yyyy
5) If you will not be 18 on the arrival date of your camp, what is a parent or legal guardian's full legal name and email address to sign the Camp Contract?
6) What is your email address and phone number where I would be able to reach you, if needed?
7) What Country or State do you reside?
8) Will you fly or drive to camp?
9) Would you prefer to share a room with another camp student close to your age at the Lake Natoma Inn or would you like your own single room?
10) Do you play a right-handed kit or a left-handed kit?
11) What is your t-shirt size?
12) How do you plan to pay the $200.00 non-refundable deposit? Money order (only for US residents) or PayPal?