Ultimate Drum Experience

Mike Dolbear in partnership with Vic Firth proudly presents:



The Ultimate Drum Experience

This prestigious event in association with Drummer magazine will last for 5 days from Monday 27th till Friday 31st July 2009; it is an intensive summer course designed for advanced drummers and teachers and will feature together for the very first time resident teachers: Steve Smith, Ralph Salmins, and Craig Blundell supported by various special guest teachers including Jason Bowld, Vic Firth and Mike Dolbear with more to be confirmed.

There will be interactive workshops, seminars, advice clinics, Q & A and wonderful opportunities to observe these professionals in action and even the opportunity of sitting-in yourself. Seminars will include world drumming, electronic drumming, the session drummer, tuning, and business skills. We aim to improve your playing to the next level.

Places are strictly limited on this course to maintain an intimate and exclusive atmosphere and the week is only suitable for the serious teacher/player over the age of 16. Daily workshops and classes will run from 10am - 5pm every day, include a maximum of 15 students per class with over 7 hours of tuition with each residential teacher. There will be several informal evening events scheduled, including clinics by the artists and a jam night.  The luxurious venue is situated conveniently close to the M1 and M25 and accommodation is available at the venue in a top class hotel with leisure facilities or alternative hotels nearby. Each student will receive a Vic Firth goodie bag and a course certificate.

We recommend that you book early for this incredible experience to guarantee a space as we expect places to fill quickly due to limited numbers.

If you can't manage the course why not come along on the first evening to an all-star jam night and see all these inspirational players in action with a band.

Guest teachers now confirmed:

Tuesday 28th: Tuning with Jeff Davenport

Wednesday 29th: Vic Firth and Mike Dolbear

Thursday 30th: Jason Bowld

Friday 31st: Stanton Moore

Course prices:

Non-residential five day course: £335

Includes all daytime tuition and entry into the following evening events:

  • Monday 27th July: All star jam night
  • Tuesday 28th July: Steve Smith and Ralph Salmins masterclass
  • Wednesday 29thJuly: Drummers round table Q & A
  • Thursday 30thJuly: Craig Blundell and Jason Bowld masterclass

Price also includes - Vic Firth goodie bag and a course certificate.

Jam night for non-students, Monday 27th July: £10
Please note: Accommodation is not included and is to be booked by the individual, if required.

To book your place on the ultimate drum experience:

£100 deposit must be returned with the completed booking form to guarantee your place. There are only 60 places available on a first come first served basis.

2nd Installment: £100 due by 1st May 2009

Final installment: £135 due by 1st June 2009

Alternatively the full amount of £335 can be paid in full when returning the booking form .

Cheques to be made payable to: Mike Dolbear

Please write your full name on reverse of cheque and forward to: PO Box 436, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 6WX

Hotel Information:

The Village, Elstree (Course Venue)

special drum week rate: £99 single room including breakfast or £109 twin including breakfast per room per night.
Quote "ultimate drum week" when booking.
Contact +44 (0) 844 980 030

The Village hotel,
Centennial Avenue,
Centennial Park,
T: +44 (0) 844 980 0302

Alternative Local hotels

Premier Lodge from £75 per night

Premier lodge Borehamwood/Elstree
Warwick Road
Off Elstree Way
T: +44 (0)870 990 6616

Travelodge Borehamwood Hotel
From £29 per night per room

Elstree Way
Tel: 0871 984 6346

Ramada Hotel
From £60 per night

A41 Watford Bypass
Watford, WD25 8JH
Tel +44 (0)844 815 9056



For booking information and more details:

email: mike@mikedolbeardrumschool.com
Tel: (+44) 07526 536199