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VF Artist, Mike Dolbear’s Ultimate Drum Experience

VF Artist, Mike Dolbear’s Ultimate Drum Experience

What is the Ultimate Drum Experience?

Eight years ago Vic Firth Artist, Mike Dolbear, created the Ultimate Drum Experience (UDE) event in the UK. UDE is an opportunity for amateur and professional level drummers to improve their overall skill level in a five day-long intensive drum course. Participants will work hands-on with Vic Firth Artists; Gavin Harrison, Ralph Salmins, Ash Soan, Richard Spaven, Gabor Dornyei, and many other top UK performers and educators.

Some of the topics that will be covered at this year’s UDE include; It’s All About the Swing, Everything You Need To Know About Tuning & Getting the Best From Your Kit, Modern Drumming Concepts, and much more. There will also be evening events taking place during this 5-day long drum course such as; drum clinics, a jam night, and a round table discussion with top industry professionals.

UDE 2016

From Participants to Performers

I had nothing to worry about; the tutors for the week were Geoff Dugmore, Jason Bowld and Stanton Moore. They made everyone feel at ease and I made sure I tackled my fear by getting up to play in front of the class. I remember my elation at playing ‘Cissy Strut’ by The Meters in tandem with Stanton Moore: it’s not often that you get opportunities like that!”
– Gemma Hill (editor of iDrum/DRUMMER magazine)

looking back I can see that it was a crucial point in my drumming timeline. It was inspiring to be taught and given advice from some of my favourite drummers in such a focussed environment. The skills, the techniques and the confidence that I gained were essential to my progression. At another level, I realised that as a musician, there is a drumming community and the Ultimate Drum Experience is a gateway into that network. I would highly recommend it to take your drumming professionally to the next level.”
– Rob Hall (professional drummer for Catfish and the Bottlemen.)

Vic Firth Artists at UDE

Gavin Harrison

Ash Soan

Gabor Dornyei

Ralph Salmins

Richard Spaven