K Bo’s final interview with Thomas Lang about Lang’s drum camp…


Q:  Let’s talk about your boot camp.  Tell us about it.  What can people expect?

A: For years I’ve been hosting my own camp and anyone attending can expect to be sore and they probably will have practiced more than they ever had in their life at my camp.  The shortest boot camp is a 3 day camp with 8 hours of intense practicing everyday—4 hours in the morning and 4 hours in the afternoon.  Most guys come because they need inspiration, guidance, and, a kick in the butt.  They also come for information and material.  The reason why I started the camp is because today everyone wants to go virtual.  By that I mean online stuff, Skype and the rest.  That is nice but I don’t think it’s the best way to learn.  I think the best method is to sit in a room with somebody and see it up close and to touch someone’s arm while the hand is moving to correct positioning.  That personal and intense exchange was my initial concept.  Also, the group is small.  I only take 20 students per boot camp and this way I can concentrate on each of the students.  It’s like having a private lesson with me for 8 hours a day.  I am constantly pushing the students to play louder and harder and to do that in person is better, in my opinion, than over the internet.  There’s also one other difference between my camp and others.  Each student has their own kit.  It’s not that they’re sitting and I’m playing and sitting and talking.  They have to sit there and sweat it out.  This is not a clinic.

Q:  How do you select the 20 players for each camp?

A:  When people register for the camp they have to send me links to them playing and their bio.  I then pre-select people who are pretty much at the same level.  I keep the level appropriate for each class.  I won’t mix intermediate with advanced players and I always create a curriculum specifically for each camp.  To do that I take bits and pieces from each student’s profile and no other camp does that.  I want to keep it challenged and not have a divide in the class.  I want to be able to have a class where everyone can keep up.

Q:  What makes your camp different than others?

A:  The major difference is that I want to work through issues with the students.  Unlike other camps where they might learn things and then go home to work on them or perfect them, when they leave my camp they have a finished product.  They have already learned what they needed to have learned and they can play it.

You can check out Thomas Lang’s drum camp at  www.thomaslangdrumcamp.com

Missed the other parts in this series? Check them out:

Part 1: Showmanship

Part 2: Technique

Part 3: Timing and Time Signatures

Part 4: Solos and stOrk

Originally posted 2011-12-14 08:03:05.