Join us for the Learning Experience of a Lifetime!

With Billy Cobham and special guests Dom Famularo, Fareed Haque, Paul Hanson, Tim Landers, and Scott Tibbs!

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
  • Coming Soon: Special Concert Details for Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 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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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.

The Team

Learn the finer points of working as a cohesive unit in the Rhythm Section with jazz fusion pioneer Billy Cobham, along with Fareed Haque (guitar), Tim Landers (bass), Paul Hanson (woodwinds), Scott Tibbs (keyboards), 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.


fareed haque

Fareed Haque is a modern guitar virtuoso. Steeped in classical and jazz traditions, his unique command of the guitar and different musical styles inspire his musical ventures with tradition and fearless innovation.

tim landers

Tim Landers is a Grammy Award-winning Producer, Instrumentalist, and for Best Instrumental Jazz Performance. He was also voted as one of “Top 50 bassists of 20th century”, Bass Player magazine — 2000, and nominated for Juno Award as member of group “Secret Sky” 2016. Tim has countless film, television and radio credits, which include CBS, NBC, Fox, Duck Dynasty, Friends, The Golden Globes, The Emmys, The Grammys, The Hallmark Channel and ESPN. Since 1980 he has recorded with artists such as Tori Amos, Al Stewart, Vince Neil, Dave Grusin, Beyonce and Graham Nash, and produced two dozen albums for artists including Billy Cobham, Mindi Abair, Crimson Jazz Trio, Iron Butterfly and John Tesh.

scott tibbs

Scott can be seen playing with the likes of Omar Hakim (Daft Punk, Madona, Sting, Weather Report), Peter Erskine, Billy Cobham Crosswind Project, and more. His arrangements/production can be heard on recordings and tours of Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Bruce Springsteen and well as many TV and film productions. Currently, Scott focuses on performance, production, and education. He teaches composition, production, and music technology at Fullerton College in Los Angeles, and regularly speaks at Berklee College of Music, USC, University of Denver, and several other universities in the US.

paul hanson

Paul Hanson, internationally known as a top jazz bassoonist, has roots both in jazz and classical music as a conservatory trained bassoonist currently active in both idioms. Paul’s list of credits include Wayne Shorter, Brian Blade, Cirque Du Soleil, Victor Wooten, Bela Fleck, Peter Erskine, Billy Childs, Miguel Zenon and SF Jazz, Billy Higgins, David Binney, Ray Charles, Charlie Hunter, Patrice Rushen, Dennis Chambers, Abraham Laboriel, Medeski Martin & Wood, Jonas Hellborg, Afro/Cuban pianist Omar Sosa, Kai Eckhardt, Peter Apfelbaum, The Paul Dresher Ensemble, DAVKA, St. Joseph Ballet Company, The Klezmorim, as jazz soloist with the Oakland Eastbay Symphony Orchestra, as classical soloist with the Napa Symphony Orchestra and Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra. His bassoon role with Cirque Du Soleil was created specifically for him.
Paul has won awards both in classical and jazz music-with Bela Fleck he won a Grammy in 2000. Paul has taught numerous masterclasses worldwide.

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.


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



Details Coming Soon!

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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