Join us for the Learning Experience of a Lifetime!

With Billy Cobham and the Spectrum 40 Band members--plus special guest Dom Famularo!

Drummers! Guitarists! Bass Players! Keyboardists!

Musicians, Students and Educators:

Our team of world-class coaches will help you grow your artistry and
teamwork as a Rhythm Section musician or Educator!

You'll Discover How To:

  • Gain and build trust among fellow Rhythm Section musicians in performance.
  • Stay in sync with yourself so that you can control what you play through your instrument while receiving information from your colleagues in the Rhythm Section.
  • Keenly listen in performance, interpret what is offered by your fellow players and offer effective musical ideas in return.
  • Control tempo and provide a sense of security in performance.
  • Present a more harmonious musical character through heightened awareness.
  • Remain in control of syncopated musical ideas within the performance.

Enjoy a Variety of Learning Experiences:

  • Interactive lectures
  • Lively discussions
  • Video analysis
  • Playing exercises
  • Daily jam sessions
  • Special Saturday night performance with Billy and the Spectrum 40 Band at the beautiful Mesa Arts Center
  • Special musician enrichment programs, including "Social Media on Steroids" with social marketing expert Dan Shinder

The Retreat includes a Special 90-minute Social Media Session!
You Will Learn:

  • Why it is important to grow your audience
  • The "ART" of how to grow a HUGE Online platform
  • Learn what results are and what results are not. This is always a big AHA! moment for attendees!
  • Marketing and Promoting to your target audience (They are two different things!)
  • How to do this without pounding people over the head with the same thing over and over
  • How to STAND OUT among everyone else with exceptional content that matters to your audience and keeps your fans coming to your channels
  • How to use an Editorial Calendar to stay organized and manage your work flow, diversity of content and scheduling
  • Learn several magical ingredients that will increase your results immediately!
  • ALL this and MUCH MORE Using Social Media WITHOUT paying for advertising on the platforms you use!

Limited Space Available.

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D'Addario sponsors Billy Cobham's Art of the Rhythm Retreat
D'Addario and company offers a complete line of high quality instrument accessories under our family brands: D'Addario Strings, Planet Waves Accessories, Evans Drum Heads, Promark Drum Sticks, PureSound Percussion, and D'Addario Woodwinds. As an avid supporter of music education, the D'Addario Foundation provides funding to over 250 non-for-profit organizations specializing in music education. To learn more visit

Roland sponsors Billy Cobham's Art of the Rhythm Retreat
Roland Corporation is a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments, including keyboards and synthesizers, guitar products, electronic percussion, digital recording equipment, amplifiers, and audio processing devices. With over 40 years of innovation that continues to shape the sound of modern music, Roland sets the standards in music technology for the world to follow. Visit to learn more.

The Mesa Arts Center sponsors Billy Cobham's Art of the Rhythm Retreat

Drum Talk TV sponsors Billy Cobham's Art of the Rhythm Retreat
Drum Talk TV, "The Heartbeat of the Global Drumming Community," is the widest reaching media outlet covering the world of everything drumming. DTTV reaches 20 million people monthly, with average of 1 million active fans engaging with its Facebook page weekly, where we post our interviews and documentaries with many of the industry's biggest artists, educators and makers of drumming gear (and at, and curate content from our fans of over 100 countries.

Tama sponsors Billy Cobham's Art of the Rhythm Retreat

Sabian sponsors Billy Cobham's Art of the Rhythm Retreat

Your coaches

BILLY COBHAM - Master drummer and percussionist, composer, producer, educator, clinician and creative visionary who gives service through music as he constantly expands his personal creative expression. The Art of the Rhythm Section Retreat is the culmination of Billy’s life’s work.
Billy Cobham’s Website

The Team

Learn the finer points of working as a cohesive unit in the Rhythm Section with jazz fusion pioneer Billy Cobham, along with Dean Brown (guitar), Gerry Etkins (keyboards), Ric Fierabracci (bass), and global drumming ambassador Dom Famularo.

dom famularo

Dom Famularo has been traveling the globe preaching the gospel of drumming for over 40 years. Dom’s career has been built upon his unique skills as a drummer, educator, author and motivational speaker.
Dom Famularo’s Website

dean brown

Guitarist, composer, producer, arranger and educator, who has toured all over the world with musical greats such as Billy Cobham, Roberta Flack, George Duke, David Sanborn and many more.
Dean Brown’s Website

ric fierabracci

Bassist, composer, producer, educator, who has performed, recorded and run the gamut for artists like Billy Cobham, Chick Corea, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Stanley Clarke, and many more.
Ric Fierabracci’s Website

gerry etkins

Keyboardist, composer, arranger, educator, who played keyboards in the Tonight Show Band for many years under Jay Leno’s tenure.
Gerry Etkin’s Web Info

dan shinder

The Founder of Drum Talk TV, Dan has been teaching "Social Media On Steroids" for four years to the music industry, as well as other industries, from individual entrepreneurs to multimillion dollar corporations. In the music industry he has taught the course to everyone from music educators, to up and coming artists, to artists with gold and platinum records on the wall.
SMOS Website


Mesa Arts Center is a unique, architecturally stunning,
international award winning facility located in the heart of downtown Mesa.

Mesa Arts Center



One East Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201



Discounted rooms available for the
Art of the Rhythm Section Retreat.
Breakfast included in nightly rate.

Your registration for the retreat includes admission to the Billy Cobham Spectrum 40 Concert on the evening of July 22nd as a culmination to the retreat, so please be sure to stay for that and check out on the 23rd!

Full Retreat

The cost is $1,250 per individual.


We also have Half-Day Session Passes, for one, two or three days (plus concert admission) for those of you who cannot attend the full Retreat, but still want to glean some critical information to UP your game!


If you're an advanced student, educator, or high-intermediate to highly advanced level of musician, this program is for you! For optimal participation in this program, you need to have a good command of your instrument, from at least a high-intermediate to a highly advanced level, plus a basic understanding of how to collaborate with one another in the Rhythm Section, in terms of presenting a musical statement as a group. While it's not required to read music/sight read, it would be helpful, but not necessary.

Please note: This program is not intended for beginner to basic-intermediate musicians. This intensive program is chiefly about how to interpret, translate and react to the musical ideas presented. Billy, Dean, Ric and Gerry, along with Dom Famularo are there to be your coaches; your mentors. They will be working with you, and are not there to be judgmental personally or over-critical. This is a very fun learning environment where everyone learns together from the immersive experience.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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