What’s the Best Summer Music Camp? For drummers? Kosa, hands down!

Drummers, a summer music camp. Exclusively for you. And percussionsts! Re-charge your creative batteries at KoSA, nestled in the green hills of Vermont

This is hard for me; my name is associated an another facility. But push come to shove, if I were a parent searching for a summer music camp, one specifically for drummers, I’m thinking I’d go with KoSA, a reliable first choice–and it’s geared to drummers and percussionists of all ages. There are other camps, really good ones, but I’ve had a number of reader inquiries and, well, I’ve got to be honest here. First time out, I’d go with a known quantity, KoSA. I mean no disrepect to the others. I guess the point is that I hear nothing but good about KoSA…and we’re talking decades!

If you’re going to shell out over $1,000 US and you’re seeking a much-needed week of inspiration, instruction, and pure exhilaration, I’d have reservations. That’s why, at least first time out of the gate, I’d go with KoSA.

Aldo Mazza, founder of KoSA, is a good soul who takes care of others within a peaceful setting populated by those who share a common love for drums. Aldo knows about drums and I know him. He’s no shabby drummer by any means. He’s a year or two older than me, a big difference when I was a teen watching him play his jet black, double-kick Rogers drumset and being wowed. You spend a week with Aldo, his team, and this year’s roster of world class instructor/clinicians, you’re going to take home something that’ll serve you a lifetime.

You’re not going to sleep in a tent but in a room, single or double, in university dorms in northern Vermont, where the amenities are included. There won’t be any surprises, you know like “the famous drummer couldn’t show up but here is Joe Blow and he’s just as good”.

KoSA has a long track record of uniting the finest drummers with the thirstiest students. This doesn’t mean you have to be a “student” as in your teens. Drum students of all ages attend and find themselves welcome, comfortable, and learning loads by the close of day one.

I say this knowing I risk I may take a little heat. After all, I’m listed on the credits of an award winning film from acclaimed Canadian documentary filmmaker John Walker describing the experience at another camp. I’m sure that camp performs as stated and then some. I guess what I’m saying is that if I were new to drum camps and forking over hard-earned cash, I’d make my first experience guaranteed. And that would mean attending KoSA.

The list of instructors, with whom you’ll spend a week in formal and informal instruction and jams, will knock your socks off. Not to worry, you may not need socks in the leafy hills of Vermont in summer time. But I’ll drop two names, two of the guest instructors this year to make my point. Carmine Appice (the guy who showed licks to John Bonham and coaxed Ludwig to send him that big blond Ludwig kit); Jimmy Cobb (who showed all of us how make a quarter-note ride swing on the best selling alubm of all time Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue), and that, I swear is just the start.

Incidentally, when KoSA refers to “all styles” and “rock, Latin, funk”, it means they’ve lined up one or more key exponents of those styles to show the way to enthusiasts. When it comes to Latin, lets just say that Aldo has devoted a chunk of his life to provide Cuban drummers with tools of their trade, extremely hard to come by in that country. I know; I’ve been there and seen drummers playing with sticks taped up and glued together on drumheads we’d throw away. And making music. Aldo is doing his bit for them and for you at KoSA.

I urge you to check out what KoSA has to offer. It’s special if you’re a drummer, percussionist or both. If you’re not, well there’s always Disney Land. No knocking it; been there, too. Recently.