The sixth annual Croatia Drum Camp will be held this August 5-12 at the Jeunesses Musicales International World Meeting Centre in Groznjan, Croatia. The picturesque backdrop of this 14th-century Mediterranean hilltop village overlooks sprawling vineyards surrounding the Adriatic Sea, making the camp one of the most unusual and geographically attractive in the world.

Since its conception by camp director Petar Curic in 2007, this unique event has attracted such world-class instructors as Bill Bruford, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Jojo Mayer, John Riley, Gary Chaffee, Mike Mangini, Marco Minnemann, Pete Riley, Pete Lockett, and Kim Plainfield. The weeklong camp includes master classes, clinics, concerts, seminars, and roundtable discussions. This year’s instructors will include jazz master John Riley, U.K. drumming legend Trevor Tomkins, Drummers Collective faculty head Kim Plainfield, and camp director/instructor Petar Curic.

The intensive camp offers a well-balanced curriculum that gives instructors several days to work with students in performance classes, clinics, roundtable discussions, and one-on-one lessons. In 2011, campers of all ages attended from Italy, Germany, Austria, and other neighboring Eastern European countries. The camp culminated with an inspiring concert under the stars for the villagers, featuring the students and instructors.
For more about the Croatia Drum Camp, check out the photos below of last year’s event and visit myspace.com/groznjanpercussion.

 

The 2011 lineup of international instructors featured drumming superstar Virgil Donati demonstrating and discussing double bass techniques, phrasing, wrist development, and his approach to odd meters.

 

Latin-jazz great Antonio Sanchez performed inspiring solos, explained the structure of a musical solo, and focused on the importance of versatility.
Latin-jazz great Antonio Sanchez performed inspiring solos, explained the structure of a musical solo, and focused on the importance of versatility.

 

A highlight of last year’s camp was an electrifying first-time drum duet between Virgil and Antonio.
A highlight of last year’s camp was an electrifying first-time duet by Sanchez and Donati.

 

Modern Drummer contributor Mike Haid shared his thirty years of professional drumming experiences.
Modern Drummer contributor Mike Haid shared his thirty years of professional drumming experiences.

 

Camp director/percussionist Petar Curic taught the essential elements of drumming.
Camp director/percussionist Petar Curic taught the essential elements of drumming.

 

Petar Curic presents camper Valerio Lucantoni a scholarship to study at Drummers Collective in New York.
Petar Curic presented camper Valerio Lucantoni with a scholarship to study at Drummers Collective in New York City.

 

Antonio Sanchez, Petar Curic, Virgil Donati, and Mike Haid.
Antonio Sanchez, Petar Curic, Virgil Donati, and Mike Haid.