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  • Interlochen Adult Band Camp and Daniel Glass Denver Jazz Intensive

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Jul 28, 2020

    When: August 11–14, 2020
    Where: Virtual attendance

    Join more than 70 adults from across the United States and around the globe for the 2020 Online Adult Band Camp and experience the joy of study and virtual performance of symphonic band repertoire in a challenging, supportive, fun, and friendly environment. This will be the 16th year of Interlochen's Adult Band Camp, which regularly draws amateur and professional players from across the country. It will be led by longtime artistic director Tom Riccobono. The distinguished faculty will teach masterclasses on instrumental technique and the fundamental basics of your instrument, host lectures, and will prepare students for individual solo video recordings of Gustav Holst's “First Suite in E-flat for Military Band,” which will be transformed into a virtual performance and launched at a later date.

    Keith A. Aleo is the Instructor of Percussion at Interlochen Arts Academy, Director and Instructor of Orchestral Percussion at Interlochen Percussion Institute, and Adult Band Camp Percussion Faculty at Interlochen College of Creative Arts. Keith is also on the percussion faculty at Boston Conservatory and Director of Education and Orchestral Activities at the Avedis Zildjian Co.

    Supplies needed for your at-home recording session include a mobile device with video and sound recording capabilities, headphones or earbuds, and a computer or iPad to "watch the conductor" during your recording.

    Tuition: $300

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    When: August 14–16, 19, 21–23
    Where: Mighty Fine Studios & Dazzle Jazz Club, Denver, Colorado

    With support from Rupp’s Drum in Denver, Colorado, the Daniel Glass Denver Jazz Intensive is a hybrid online/in-person event that will be presented over two weekends between August 14–23. This workshop not only provides an in-depth course in jazz technique, it also offers participants the chance to perform and record with a professional Denver rhythm section in a world-class recording studio. By spreading the events across a ten-day period, participants can really dig into the material and make measurable progress. To ensure maximum one-on-one interaction, the event is limited to just 12 participants.

    Workshops topics will include: Technique—Not just WHAT to play, but the mechanics of HOW to actually play it; Swing—drive any jazz band at a much deeper level; Comping Secrets—learn what (and what not) to play behind a soloist; Soloing—get clarity and focus in developing your ideas; and Recording—including a professionally produced video of your final performance.

    Tuition: $449

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  • Virtual KoSA Festival

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Jun 24, 2020

    The KoSA International Percussion Workshop and Festival will be holding its drum camp July 6–10, 2020. This year marks its 25th year, and it will be the first time that KoSA will hold the event live online. It will be also the first time KoSA launches its 1st drum set and percussion competition, which will be open to all participants who register for the camp.

    This year’s faculty includes Chester Thompson, John Riley, David Garibaldi, Bill Bachman, Mike Clark, Marcus Santos, Allan Molnar, Jim Norris, Rick Van Horn, Paul Picard, Dominic Messier, Jim Riley, and Aldo Mazza. The course of study includes a diverse range of styles and techniques—from rock, jazz, Cuban, funk, and classical percussion to virtual ensemble technology, Garage Band, and classes in music business and self-promotion for all levels.

    As per the usual KoSA camp, participants learn in small, daily classes. This format will be upheld (albeit virtually), as it will be a hands-on interactive experience and participants will be called upon to play in all four daily classes. Friday night’s competition/concert will feature participants who will be invited to perform a 2- to 4-minute piece (solo or with a track) in front of their virtual audience, and the faculty will serve as the jury. Participants will have a chance to win products donated by our sponsors.

    For more information, visit to register. KoSA will be accepting only a limited number of registrations.

  • Summer Study: Distance Learning Edition

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | May 16, 2020

    Stick Together Project Rewards Drummers Who Improve Their Drumming Skills at Home
    Hit Like A Girl began in 2012 with a mission to highlight female drumming and encourage more girls and women to become drummers. With its new “Stick Together” program, the organization has expanded its mission to help girls and women become better drummers. And, since the COVID-19 pandemic has given drummers another reason to keep playing and support each other, “Stick Together” allows players to strengthen the drumming community at the same time they strengthen their hands. Here are the highlights of the project:

    Dozens of today’s top female drummers have been invited to record short videos demonstrating their favorite rudiment, warm-up, or stick-control exercise. The short hand-technique exercises can be played with just a practice pad and a pair of sticks. These exercise videos and transcriptions are viewable on the @hitlikeagirlcontest Instagram page.

    Players can collect a downloadable “Stick Together” certificate and access “Rewards” that are special discounts on educational supplies by visiting Participating sponsors include Sheet Music Plus, Hudson Music, Tom Tom magazine, and more.

    The first group of posts feature exercises from drummers Sam Landa, Camille Bigeault, Jessica Goodwin, and Victoria Gridzhan. Visit for further details.

    Interviews with Top Drummers and Industry Executives Now Available
    HLAG’s new “Hit Like A Girl LIVE” show is the latest expansion of the organization’s ongoing effort to showcase and support female drummers, percussionists, and beatmakers. The weekly live stream takes place every Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. EDT/10:00 a.m. PDT on the @hitlikeagirlcontest Instagram page and is hosted by HLAG Director, founder of Tom Tom magazine, drummer, and advocate for the female drumming community, Mindy Abovitz.

    Hit Like A Girl LIVE features exclusive interviews and Q&A sessions with some of today’s top female drummers and drum industry executives. Upcoming guests include Lucy Landymore (The World of Hans Zimmer), Marla Leigh (The Frame Drum Academy), Sarah Hagan (Zildjian Artist Relations), DeArcus Curry (Janelle Monae), and more.

    Tune in Tuesdays at and visit for more information.

    Percussion Festival Now Online
    The Eastman Percussion Festival is now the Eastman Online Percussion Festival, running the same dates as before (July 6–10). It is open to high school, collegiate, and adult percussionists; no audition is necessary to apply. The tuition price has been reduced to $350 for the week. The course will feature interactive Zoom group sessions, masterclasses, and two livestreamed performances by the faculty (carefully distanced, of course). Explore more details about this percussion festival and register at

    Summer Tabla Workshop

     Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Summer Tabla Workshop will be offered in a revised online format. The dates remain the same: June 29 to July 5.

    The workshop will take place via the Zoom video conferencing software, which has been adopted by McGill University for all online teaching. The overall structure of the workshop will be virtually the same. Participants will be divided into groups, based on previous experience. There will be daily group classes and daily group practice sessions. This year will be the 10th edition of the summer workshop, and to celebrate, we will have special guest presentations, and concert performances (all online, of course). The revised tuition for this online edition is $300, and registration is due before the end of April.

    Because of these exceptional circumstances causing the change in workshop format, anyone who has already registered can choose from the following options: continue as a participant in the online version of the workshop (receiving a partial refund for the tuition difference, or the option to put the money towards private lessons); cancel participation in the workshop and put the tuition payment towards pre-payment for private lessons; or cancel participation in the workshop and receive a full refund.

    Uniquely for this year's online edition, there will unfortunately not be a class for people with no prior experience. If you are in this situation, please contact Shawn regarding options for beginning your table studies.

    For more information and to register, visit

    Virtual Summer Institute
    In light of the current situation we are all experiencing with the Covid-19 national emergency, we are designing a new virtual Sō Percussion Summer Institute, in place of our 12th annual Sō Percussion Summer Institute on the campus of Princeton University. Although SōSI is normally limited to percussionists and composers, SōSI Online is available to musicians of any instrument or creative discipline in music, and is available in two main tracks:

    TRACK 1: Collaborative SōSI
    This is an interactive festival of online collaboration with other participants and Sō Percussion. Tuition is $500. This track will be held during the same two weeks of July that SōSI was scheduled for: July 12–26, 2020. It will provide a creative laboratory to make and perform new works through online collaboration, with direct mentorship from Sō Percussion. Other features will include guest lectures, talks, and listening sessions with Princeton faculty, Sō Percussion, and other amazing guests (TBD). Public live-streamed performances will be featured on Sō Percussion's social media channels.

    In order to participate, you must have availability during the two-week festival July 12–26, access to a computer, laptop, iPad, or cell phone for recording purposes, and reliable internet. All applicants currently accepted to SōSI 2020 have been contacted by Shelby Blezinger-McCay about this update. Please refer to your email, or contact us with questions.

    TRACK 2: SōSI Online Course
    This track is automatically included with Collaborative SōSI, but also available as a standalone course for tuition of $250. This is an online course designed by Sō Percussion covering a vast terrain of interests in percussion, chamber music, new music, and experimental music. The program will run July 12–26, 2020, concurrently with Collaborative program. It will allow individuals to learn at their own pace as they explore an exclusive library of pre-recorded content: videos, writing, lectures, exercises.

    Content examples include: Chamber Music 101: The fundamentals of playing together in an ensemble. Includes cueing, part preparation, rehearsal techniques, performance tips; A deep dive into the percussion ensemble repertoire: focusing on pieces such as Steve Reich's "Drumming," John Cage's "Third Construction," and David Lang's "The so-called laws of nature;” and courses designed by the individual members of Sō Percussion, covering topics such as steel drum performance in contemporary music, coordination on drum set, the history and practice of 20th and 21st century experimental music, and integrating technology with new music.

    Registration for SōSI 2020 Online opens at on May 15. Please email SōSI Program Director Shelby Blezinger-McCay with any questions at

    NYU and Sandbox Percussion announce our first-ever virtual seminar that will take place on August 2-7, 2020. This seminar will feature live discussions and masterclasses on topics ranging from practice and rehearsal techniques, to entrepreneurship tips for creating a career in the arts. We will also feature four guest artists:

    Julia Wolfe, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and co-founder of Bang on a Can
    Robert van Sice, legendary performer and pedagogue
    Doug Perry, omnivorous musician and improvisor
    Molly Joyce, enterprising composer and performer

    These guests, along with the four members of Sandbox will be available to all participants within an intimate learning format where dialogue and interaction are encouraged. The week will culminate with the premiere performance of a new piece by Molly Joyce, composed specifically for our remote forces, performed by everyone involved in the seminar, and released online. The seminar will take place over a few sessions each day, scheduled to accommodate participants in all 4 US time zones, and all sessions will also be recorded to allow participation from overseas. 

    This virtual seminar is available at the reduced tuition of $300 for the week, and the application deadline is July 1. Please click here to learn more, or feel free to contact us at if you have any questions. We hope to see you in August!

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