Drummer/author/educator Stanton Moore, who’s most known for his playing with the funk group Galactic, is debuting the Spirit of New Orleans Drum Camp on December 13–15 at the Old U.S. Mint in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. Produced by MUSO Entertainment, this three-day event celebrates the legacy and rich musical tradition of New Orleans, from Mardi Gras Indian and second-line drumming to the evolution of jazz and funk. Attendees will enjoy hands-on drumming, live performances, a private tour of the U.S. Mint’s “New Orleans Jazz” exhibit, and much more.
The Spirit of New Orleans (SONO) Drum Camp will offer a limited number of students the chance to play with and learn from Moore in an ultra-intensive classroom setting. All SONO packages include discounted admission to evening performances, including Dragon Smoke at Tipitinas’s on Friday (December 13) and the Stanton Moore Piano Trio at Snug Harbor on Saturday (December 14). Students will also be able to participate in a second-line procession on the grounds of the Old U.S. Mint.
Located at 400 Esplanade Street, the Old U.S. Mint is the only building in America to have served both as a United States and a confederate mint. Attendees of the camp will be given an exclusive tour of this historic building’s “New Orleans Jazz” exhibit, which includes Louis Armstrong’s first cornet and items from jazz drumming legend Baby Dodds.
A lifelong resident of New Orleans, Stanton Moore is a respected drummer who has toured the world as a performer and educator, garnering accolades for his Groove Alchemy book and DVD. In addition, Moore has released a number of educational products celebrating New Orleans drumming styles, including the book Take It to the Street, the DVDs A Modern Approach to New Orleans Drumming and A Traditional Approach to New Orleans Drumming, and the comprehensive beginner-to-advance book/DVD project A Fresh Approach to the Drumset. Moore is also the co-owner of Crescent cymbals and regularly performs with Galactic, the Stanton Moore Trio, Dragon Smoke (featuring Ivan Neville), Leo Nocentelli (the Meters), the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Anders Osborne, and many others.
Sponsors include Gretsch, Crescent, Latin Percussion, Vic Firth, Remo, DW, Puresound, Cympad, Roland, Tight Screw, Gator, Audix, the Old U.S. Mint, and Friends of the Cabildo.