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2014 CROATIA DRUM CAMP 8th International Percussion Summer C

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International Cultural Centre of the Jeunesses Musicales Croatia in Groznjan presents:
8th International Percussion Summer Courses in Croatia
August 30th – September 7th 2014.
Groznjan, Istria, Croatia

Note, this year’s “CROATIA DRUM COMPETITION Win A Scholarship to…”
powered by THE INSTITUTE of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP)
Main prize includes FULL SCHOLARSHIP to THE INSTITUTE’S 10-WEEK PROGRAMME IN LONDON, ENGLAND. http://www.icmp.co.uk


International Cultural Centre of the Jeunesses Musicales Croatia;


Gerald Heyward (USA)
(The Original ‘Gospel Chops’ Drummer)
(Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Puff Daddy, Janet Jackson, Jay-Z, Usher)

Thomas Lang (AT/USA)
(Best International Drum Clinician)
(Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Asia, Gianna Nannini Falco)

John Blackwell (USA)
(Drummer with Prince for 12 Years)
(Prince, Justin Timberlake, Cameo, Billy Eckstine, Patti LaBelle)

Justin Scott (UK)
(Head of Drums, THE INSTITUTE, London)
(Amit Chatterjee, Brett Garsed, Chris Ramsing, Phelan Kane)

Petar Curic (CRO)
(Artistic Director & Camp Coordinator)

Dr Donald Bousted (UK)
(‘Composition for Drummers’ Series Leader)

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8th Annual “East Meets West”

A Leading Drum & Percussion Summer Camp in Europe.

In short: Past camps have featured some of the World’s Best Drummers and Percussionists such as: Bill Bruford, Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernandez, Virgil Donati, Antonio Sanchez, JoJo Mayer, Benny Greb, Marco Minnemann, Mike Mangini, John Riley, Gary Chaffee, Trevor Tomkins, Howard Curtis, Nippy Noya, Pete Riley, Matt Thompson, Pete Lockett, Gabor Dornyei, Boris Dinev, Petar Curic and many more.

Where: Groznjan, Istria, Croatia.

Organisation: Jeunesses Musicales Croatia

When: August 30th – September 7th 2014.

What: A Leading Drum & Percussion Summer Camp in Europe - CROATIA DRUM CAMP International Percussion Summer Courses presents a week-full of intensive workshops, drum-clinics, seminars, masterclasses, concerts, round-table discussions, VIP guest-appearances

Working languages: Croatian, English, German.

Student-participants: Drummers and Percussionists of ALL AGES and
ALL LEVELS are welcome to apply for a place. We also encourage applications from drumming fans and enthusiasts (Passive Registration). The number of available places is strictly limited.

Registration: “First come-First served” until all places are filled.
Please contact us at: groznjan@gmail.com

Our web-pages:

Contact: Petar Curic, Founding Director/Coordinator
Mob. ++385 (0) 91 532 9405
E-mail: groznjan@gmail.com


Gerald Heyward (USA)
(The Original Gospel Drummer)
(Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Puff Daddy, Janet Jackson, Jay-Z, Usher)
Born and raised in Brooklyn NY, Gerald grew up in one of the most popular churches in the city. The Institutional Church of God in Christ was infamous for their Sunday evening services and high-energy musicals. It was there that he was privileged to sit under the tutelage of some of the best musicians in Gospel Music. His roster reads with the best of Pop, R&B and Gospel including but not limited to Silk, Keith Sweat, Missy Elliot, Black Street, NKOTB, Coolio, Carl Thomas, Faith Evans, Mario, Kelly Price, 112, Amerie, Monica, Genuine, BeBe Winans, Lil Kim, R. Kelly, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson, Usher, Lil Wayne, T.I., Young Jeezy, T-Pain, Kelly Rowland, Destiny’s Child, Stevie Wonder, Chris Brown, Beyonce and Jay-Z.
In the studio, Gerald has had the privilege to collaborate with top industry producers to create some of the most memorable hits in the archives of music history including Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time”, “Privacy” and “You Rock my World”. Gerald’s camaraderie with his contemporaries has inevitably thrust him into the role of mentor. Many up-and-coming drummers solicit him for advice for everything from auditioning for gigs, going on tour, studio sessions to how to conduct themselves when interacting with the artist. Gerald has mentored the likes of Aaron Spears (Usher), Brandon Mullen (Robert Flack, Chris Cad) and De’Arcus Curry (T-Pain) and has inspired a generation of drummers who only dreamed of breaking beyond the church walls into the secular industry they admirably watched Gerald dominate. Over the past decades Gerald has regularly performed on a host of television shows such as, Good Morning America, Jay Leno, The Arsenio Hall Show, Rosie O’Donnell, Live with Regis and Kellie, the Today Show, Showtime at the Apollo, Saturday Night Live, Conan O’Brien, David Letterman, Oprah Winfrey, etc. With such high level of consistent visibility he has acquired endorsement relationships with the music industry’s upper echelon in musical equipment companies. Gerald is exclusively endorsed by DW Drums, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Remo Drum Heads, Roland Electronics and Zildjian Cymbals. Gerald has remained relevant and been tremendously successful for 20+ years in a very volatile and ever-changing music industry. He credits his success to his faith and commitment to God and his wife and family.

Thomas Lang (AT/USA)
(Best International Drum Clinician)
(Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Asia, Gianna Nannini, Falco)
A native of Vienna, Austria, Thomas has performed at every major international drum festival and has toured the world many times over as a sideman as well as solo performer. In addition to lessons at local music schools and years of private tuition, Thomas was formally educated at the Vienna Conservatory of Music. After leaving the conservatory, he began working his way through the European Pop, Rock and Jazz scenes. Thomas has played with Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big), John Wetton (UK, King Crimson), Robert Fripp, Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Tina Turner, Robbie Williams, Kelly Clarkson, Sugababes, Geri Halliwell (Spice girls), Emma Bunton (“baby spice’), Victoria Beckham (“posh spice”), Ronan Keating, Boyzone, 911, Falco, Nina Hagen, Steve and Mick Jones (the Clash), The Commodores, George Michael, Gianna Nannini, Bonnie Tyler, the Vienna Art Orchestra, Save the Robots, Stork, Terabite, Schwarzenator. His practice regime became the basis for his 2-part series of instructional videos, “Ultimatives Schlagzeug I & II” originally released in 1995. Due to overwhelming demand, these videos were re-released on DVD in 2004 by Hudson Music.
In 2003 Thomas released the multi award-winning instructional DVD and book “Creative Control” which was an instant hit with drummers and drum teachers around the world. His highly anticipated follow-up DVD and book, "Creative Coordination & Advanced Foot Technique" was released in November of 2006. This ground-breaking DVD has also won worldwide awards. All of Thomas Lang’s DVD’s and books remain Best-sellers and are available through his offical merchandise site. In his quest to “play the unplayed” Thomas has worked with the research and development team at Meinl Cymbals to create “Tom’s Becken” – a pitch-matched range of contemporary crash cymbals that provide acoustic and electronic drummers with modern sounds that resemble artificially engineered cymbal samples. Launched in 2002, “Tom’s Becken” were so well received that in 2004 Thomas worked with Meinl once again to design the “Fast Hats”, and a whole series of “Filter Chinas”. In 2002, Remo approached Thomas to produce the “Thomas Lang Practice Kit”. Other Thomas Lang signature products are Vic Firth’s “Thomas Lang signature model” stick and the “Thomas Lang signature Bigfoot” bassdrum beaters. In 2009, Thomas launched The Thomas Lang Drumming Boot Camp a multi-day touring, educational drumming experience that he hosted in various locations around the world including London, Los Angeles, New York and Berlin among others. In 2012, Thomas debuted the 5-day, multi-drummer festival The Big Drum Bonanza which has featured various guest artists including Virgil Donati, Stanton Moore, Chris Coleman, Kenny Aronoff and Jeff Hamilton among others.Thomas endorses DW Drums and pedals, Meinl Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Remo Drum Heads, Roland Electronics, Gibraltar Hardware, Ahead Armor cases, Puresound snare wires, Bigfoot beaters, Hansenfutz practice pedals, E-pad and Audix mics.
Awards include: Best Studio Drummer (Rhythm magazine, 1999, 2001), Best Pop Drummer, Best All-Around Drummer (Rhythm mag, 2002), Best Drummer (Drums and Percussion mag, 2002), Best Clinician (Modern Drummer mag, 2003), Best DVD (Modern Drummer mag, 2004), Best Pop Drummer, Best Clinician, Best Solo Drum Performance (Rhythm mag, 2005), Best Drummer (Rhythm mag, 2006), Best DVD (Rhythm mag, Modern Drummer mag, 2007), Best International Drum Clinician (Modern Drummer mag, 2007,2008,2009) and many more.

John Blackwell,jr. (USA)
(Drummer with Prince for 12 Years)
(Prince, Justin Timberlake, Cameo, Billy Eckstine, Patti LaBelle)
An American contemporary R&B, funk, jazz, fusion, and pop drummer, best known for his work with Prince, John grew up in Columbia, South Carolina and started playing drums at age 3, learning from his father John Blackwell Sr, a drummer himself, who played with artists such as Mary Wells, King Curtis, Joe Simon, J.J. Jackson, The Drifters etc. As a teenager, John played in Columbia SC at W.J. Keenan High School marching and jazz bands. At 17, he played his first high profile show with singer and swing bandleader Billy Eckstine. In 1992 John chose to further his drum studies by enrolling into Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He kept himself extremely busy and created a strong buzz about him while performing as much as possible with many Jazz and R&B artists around Boston. John graduated from Berklee in 1995 and landed the gig with legendary funk group Cameo who he played with for the next 3 years. In 1998 after his time with Cameo, John packed up and moved to Los Angeles, California. He was in LA for only 3 days when he landed the drum position for the legendary R&B Diva, Patti LaBelle. During this time John recorded for LaBelle's Grammy Award winning CD, DVD and VHS, "Patti LaBelle-Live One Night Only". John met Prince while performing with LaBelle in Minneapolis and joined his band The New Power Generation in 2000. John played with Prince for 12 years and appeared on his 2003 Live at the Aladdin Las Vegas DVD, and the 2003 instrumental album, N.E.W.S, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album. From 1995 until present, John has played with many other pop, funk, hip-hop, jazz and fusion stars, including Justin Timberlake, Cameo, Utada Hikaru, Crystal Kay, P Diddy and Charlie Singleton. He played at the 2008 and 2011 Buddy Rich Memorial Concert. He released his debut album in December 2009, called The John Blackwell Project and has two educational Drum DVDs.
The first is a two-disc set entitled "John Blackwell-Technique, Grooving and Showmanship" the second is self-titled "John Blackwell" and is part of the Hudson Music Masters Series. He has endorsements from Tama Drums and Zildjian cymbals and sticks. John Blackwell Jr. - known as the sound, funk and fury behind Prince and the New Power Generation and Justin Timberlake - is truly a spectacle for the eyes and ears. His slamming tight grooves, popping snare and furiously flamboyant drumstick twirling and cross-arm strokes must be seen to be believed!

Justin Scott (UK)
(Head of Drums, THE INSTITUTE, London, England)
(Amit Chatterjee, Brett Garsed, Chris Ramsing, Phelan Kane)
After initially studying at Berklee College Music, Justin went on to attain a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from the London College of Music and Media. In addition,
he has studied privately with some of the most notable tutors in the world, including Gary Chaffee, Mike Mangini, John Marshall, Ed Kaspik, John Ramsey and Pete Zeldman. Throughout his career, he has played and recorded throughout Europe, USA and Asia. Whether it’s fusion with world class guitarists such as Amit Chatterjee (Joe Zawinul), Brett Garsed (John Farnham), or Mekaal Hasan (Billy Cobham); the metrically twisted compositions of Australian songwriter, Chris Ramsing; loops and breaks for producer and programmer Phelan Kane (Placebo, Dido); the lyricism of singer/songwriters such as Moira Lambert (St. Etienne); or double kick drums with cult rock band Howser, Justin’s respect for the music shines through in whatever idiom he’s required to perform. As well as maintaining a busy playing career, over the last ten years Justin has become increasingly involved in music education. His passion for teaching drums has led to work at a number of institutions such as Thames Valley University, Drumtech and ICMP (now known as THE INSTITUTE) where, in addition to teaching, he has been involved course development and curriculum design. Since October 2005, he has also written a monthly educational article for UK drumming magazine the Rhythm Magazine during which time has had over 60 articles published. His first drum tuition book, “Learn to Play Drums”, was published in 2008 by Quarto Publishing, has been translated into six languages and is available in ten countries worldwide. Throughout this time, Justin has maintained a successful private teaching practice from his studio in West London and has consequently taught literally hundreds of students including Elliot Fyffe (Blue, Ronan Keating), Aicha Djidjelli (Rachael Stevens, Amy Studt) Lawrence Colbert (Ride), Adam Ficek (Baby Shambles), Olly Betts (The Duke Spirit), and Stephen Simmonds (Groovejet). Most recently, he has launched his own free drum tuition website http://www.justindrums.com Justin has endorsements with Mapex Drums and Paiste Cymbals, for whom he performs clinics and masterclasses throughout the UK.

Petar Curic (Croatia)
(Artistic Director/Coordinator)
Croatian-born and USA/UK-educated Performing Artist, Educator, Arts Manager and Social Entrepreneur, Petar earned both his Master's and Bachelor's Degrees in England. He also spent two years in Denton, Texas, as a graduate student at the University of North Texas, under Ed Soph. Finalist of the 'Yamaha Percussionist of the Year' Competition at the Royal College of Music in London, and Winner of Truscott and Vic Firth-Megamuzika Prizes for Excellence, Petar taught Drumset and Percussion Performance at various Croatian, British and American Schools, High Schools and Colleges, most recently on the degree course at The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in London. Active in all kinds of musical settings, from Orchestral, Philharmonic and Opera to Fusion, Jazz and Ethno, most recently Petar was the drummer for the UK/Brazilian rapper Aggro Santos, famous for his UK Top-5 Hit Single «Candy».

Dr Donald Bousted (UK)
('Composition for Drummers' Series Leader)
Dr Bousted is a composer, sound and installation artist, film maker and guitarist. His music has been performed throughout the UK, in America, Germany, Switzerland, France, Czechoslovakia and Croatia and broadcast in the UK, America, the Netherlands, Sweden and France. His films have been screened in London, USA, Chile, Palestine and Russia and have been webcast and broadcast on HypTV (Sky TV). CD recordings include: A Journey Among Travellers (Kathryn Bennetts and Peter Bowman); A Woldgate Requiem (Kevin Bowyer); Tears (Tubalaté); The Rhythm-Spring (Summerhayes and Brown) and the electro-acoustic piece Never Liked Water. Dr Bousted studied composition with Philip Cannon at the Royal College of Music, the late Oliver Hunt (privately) and Margaret Lucy Wilkins at the University of Huddersfield. He won the Cobbett Prize for Composition at the RCM in 1981 and was awarded a PhD in musical composition from the University of Huddersfield in 2002. Between 1993-2001 he was a lecturer in Composition at the University of Huddersfield and from September 2001 to June 2002 he was the first appointed Composer-in-Residence at the Centre for New Musical Instruments at the London Guildhall University. More recently, he has been a lecturer in music technology at Kingston University. Dr Bousted has also written for BBC TV, film, video and theatre.

8th CROATIA DRUM CAMP (2014) would have not been possible without
the help and support from these amazing sponsors and benefactors:


of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP, London)

Croatian Musical Instruments Chain
















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