This intensive five-day program will provide a supportive and immersive opportunity for higher learning, artistic growth, and camaraderie across a variety of genres, styles and instruments. Activities will include: five days of master classes with Billy Cobham and his team, with lectures, discussions, video analysis, and playing exercises. There will also be nightly jam sessions that all students will be required to attend either as active or passive participants, and your registration includes a special Saturday night performance with Billy and the Spectrum 40 Band.
Billy Cobham’s Art of the Rhythm Section Retreat is geared for advanced students, teachers, semi-pro and professional Rhythm Section musicians, including: bassists, guitarists, keyboard players and drummers, across all genres. This immersive learning experience is NOT just for jazz musicians!
July 16-22, 2017
Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, Arizona.
Four (4) Classes each conducted by a member of Billy Cobham’s Spectrum 40 band (Dean Brown (guitar), Gerry Etkins (keyboards), Ric Fierabracci (bass) and Billy Cobham (drums), moderated by Dom Famularo (drums), along with plenary sessions involving the entire group.
(a) We will focus on how to interact with one’s fellow musicians on the bandstand in real time.
(b) There will be multiple performance environments.
(c) Each room will have a back line consisting of drums, bass amp, guitar amp, and keyboard set-up for the students to play on. In addition to the back line, each room will be assigned a master coach from the four professionals previously mentioned. One of them will have their instrument in the class room in addition to what is set for the back line so that they can at any time provide assistance with examples of what is presented in the course curriculum. For example, Billy Cobham will have his drum set in the drummer’s room alongside the 5-piece kit that will be available for the student to play if he feels a need to assist in driving home a point that is in support of the subject of the hour that’s being presented from the perspective of each instrument at that time.
(d) Your registration for the retreat includes admission to the Billy Cobham Spectrum 40 Concert at the Beautiful Mesa Arts Center on the evening of July 22nd as a culmination to the retreat, so please be sure to stay for that and check out the 23rd!
Advanced student, teacher, semi-pro or professional musicians.
Up to 30 guitarists; 30 keyboardists; 30 bass players, & 30 drummers.
Pricing for the five-day program is $1,250.
(Participant daily lunch included in these prices; travel/lodging and dinner not included. Breakfast will be included in the special Marriott room rate.)
Yes, this is a requirement!
Yes, this is a requirement!
Drum sets and cymbals will be provided, so only bring your drumsticks.
Keyboard rigs will be available in all classes.
Hotel, travel and transportation costs are the responsibility of each participant.
Yes, the Marriott Hotel, which will offer a special discounted rate for Art of the Rhythm Section participants.
Please contact the hotel directly for the Mesa Arts Center/Billy Cobham group rate. Breakfast will be included in this special rate for participants.
Yes, subject to the availability of room types.
Personal insurance is the responsibility of participants.
Mesa Arts Center will provide lunch to participants. Breakfast will be included in the hotel room rate and dinner will be up to each participant.
Registration is easy and can be done online by clicking here: register now
No, the value of this program is achieved by experiencing and successfully completing the entire 5-day curriculum.
We will offer a full refund up to 60 days prior to the start of the Retreat (July 16, 2017); a 50% refund at 45 days prior to the Retreat, and no refund within 30 days.
Sorry, only one instrument per student as the focus of the Retreat is on the primary instrument that each musician plays in the Rhythm Section, no alternates.
Yes! Specific opportunities TBD. Contact Us here .
This was a life-changing experience!
Kellie Rae T.
The Art of the Rhythm Section Retreat was amazing.
I learned so much from all of the coaches!
It was incredible playing with Billy and the Spectrum 40 Band and benefitting from each of the coaches’ perspectives!
In a word, transformational!