Over the past year, online education has become an everyday reality and even though it is a great way to share knowledge and learn, nothing can replace face-to-face contact with a teacher. That’s why we would like to invite you to join us for Open Minded Drum Camp 2021. It’s 6 days of game-changing drum studies – 2 intensive days with Anika Nilles, 4 days with Claus Hessler and additionally, three online classes with Dom Famularo. Check all the details in daily schedule.

Study Drums effectively in a great atmosphere!

Let’s meet together in Żywiec, Poland to study with world-class educators.

Drum Camp Goals:

We believe that combining online tools with live and “hands-on” contact with a great teacher is the key to long-term success in becoming

A good and solid drummer.

Program and Classes

We have planned for you 36 hours of studying and organized them into three different types of classes.

Masterclasses with Anika
Time & Feel
Developing and achieving a good sense of time and flow is one of the most important goals in drumming. When you think of developing a solid pulse, the first thing that comes to mind is to work on your ability to keep a steady beat without rushing or slowing down. To achieve this goal, it is very important to understand that timing is more than just working on actual time. In order to seriously improve your timekeeping – some important elements need to be tied together. In this masterclass you will learn about these elements and you will be given specific exercises to help you work on just that.
Grouping System
One of many ways to organize your playing is to combine different rhythmic elements. In this masterclass you will get access to different ways of creating grooves and fills by using groupings as a rhythmic language. You will be introduced to the basic structures and phrasing of different groupings and then learn how to apply them to the drum set. It’s all about how to use the basic concepts to build grooves, fills and different variations from them.
Masterclasses with Claus
Creative Use of Rudiments
In this class, you will learn how to develop grooves and fills based on rudiments and expand your previous knowledge. You will learn how to find the common thread in different patterns in order to develop grooves and melodic patterns in basic 4/4 commonly used meter as well as in other time signatures.
Don’t be afraid of a Drum Solo
Be it a short highlight, trading four or eight-bar phrases up to creating more complete forms of musical expression. Building some sort of drum solo is also an important aspect of drumming and not as scary as it may seem. In this masterclass you will be given a brief guide to developing a drum solo. You will learn how to approach the topic and develop your ideas. You will be introduced to some of the rules of improvisation, use of ostinatos and going beyond the limits. 

Our Students

In the last 5 years, we have been trusted
By over 100 drummers

The majority of our students have participated in Open Minded Drum Camp
More than Once

In the last 5 years, we have been trusted
By over 100 drummers

The majority of our students have participated in Open Minded Drum Camp
More than Once

The youngest participant was 9 years old, the oldest students were in their 50s.

The camp attracts  beginners  as well as  professional drummers

In the past years we have gathered drummers from   all over the world
Poland | Germany | China | United Kingdom | Slovenia | Malta | Hong Kong

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Plans & pricing

We all understand the potential unknown and we have a fair money return policy in place so in case you had to cancel your participation by the end of May or the event cannot take place for unforeseen reasons, we want to assure you that you will receive your payment back.

You can find all the details in our Terms and Conditions.

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Special Offer!

All participants will receive access to an online course to continue practicing all the material covered at the camp.
Additionally, we have a special offer for you – 20% discount on All Access to Open Minded Drum Studies. 

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Dom Famularo

Dom Famularo

World’s leading motivational drum set artist and educator
One of drumming’s most sought-after private instructors for over 40 years
Educator on Open Minded Drum Camp since 2019

A major player in the percussion industry, Dom acts as Education consultant for Sabian Cymbals, Vater Sticks, Mapex Drums, Remo Drumheads, Hudson Music Publications, Wizdom Media for whom he oversees programs worldwide.

Dom Famularo has been traveling the globe preaching the gospel of drumming for over 40 years. An intense performer, Dom is one of the most respected solo drum artists in the world, with a career built solely upon his unique skills as a drummer, educator, author and motivational speaker.

“Ultimately I want today’s generation to enjoy the fun of the challenge of drumming. I want to serve as their inspiration, to give people everywhere the opportunity to find their path of self-expression. Music is one of the most viable and enjoyable means of finding oneself. I am an artist of life and art, which are both synonymous. How I live my life is how I live my art… and I enjoy them both together.”


Tutored by legendary greats Joe Morello, Jim Chapin, Al Miller, Charlie Perry, Colin Bailey, Shelly Manne, Papa Jo Jones and Ronnie Benedict, Dom combines the masterful techniques of the past with the parameter-pushing concepts of today’s music for a highly creative and uniquely personal style of drumming. With hands powered by the famous Moeller technique and feet dancing through high-speed double-pedal bass drumming patterns he delivers performances that dip and dive through dynamics and styles with energy and ease.

Students regularly fly in from around the globe for intensive study with Dom…currently teaching over 1,000 students from over 20 countries at his WizDOM Drumshed studio in NY.

Claus Hessler

Claus Hessler

Master of Moeller Technique
Virtuosic improviser with masterful coordination
Educator on Open Minded Drum Camp since 2017
The Wise mentor | Yoda | of Open Minded Drumming

One of the best educators in the world, he has been teaching in Germany, England, USA, Austria, Portugal, South Korea, Iran, Croatia, Norway, France, Romania, Spain, Australia and China. During that time, he has taught many professional drummers, including Anika Nilles. Creator of a comprehensive drum teaching program, Claus has published a series of educational books and DVDs, which are an endless source of knowledge about technique, coordination, and musical expression. He has shared the stage with many great drummers, including Steve Smith, Alex Acuna, Walfredo Reyes Jr., JoJo Mayer, Johnny Rabb, and Luis Conte.

“I don’t know anybody who has been closer to Moeller’s technique than Claus Hessler.”

Jim Chapin

In 2016 he was the guest of the most popular drum portal in the world – drumeo, where he recorded an excellent masterclass about Swiss and collapsed rudiments.

Claus is not only a great teacher, with many successes on his account!
First and foremost, he is a virtuosic improviser and his hand and feet coordination is masterly. He is able to perform complicated ostinatos, while perfectly executing Moeller’s technique. His ease and independence are remarkable.

Check out more videos with Claus:

Anika Nilles

Anika Nilles

Successful drummer, composer, and educator
YouTube drummer with over 20 million views on her videos
In Open Minded Drumming family since 2020
Claus Hessler’s student

Anika debuted online 2013 on her youtube channel. Her music can be classified as a progressive pop, but the most important element in her music is always “the groove”! Anika’s playing style is distinguished by her finesse in technique and her unique sound. This was well received with her world tour in 2015 as she travelled trough Europe, USA and China to share her music with the world.

Well known in the drum community Anika won the Modern Drummer Readers Poll for up and coming Artist as well as #1 rising star in “DRUM!” Magazine in 2015 and 2016.

During the same year, Anika and her trusted producer Joachim Schneiss put a lot of passion into producing her debut album called PIKALAR. The fruit of this journey is a 10 track instrumental album. Together with Anika on drums PIKALAR also features the talents of many great musicians, each bringing and adding a unique flavour to the album.

In 2020 Anika Nilles and Nevell are back again with a brand new 10-track album titled „for a colorful soul“. Staying true to the unique sound they established with their previous songs, their work remains bigger than the proverbial “box” and can only be categorised as being in a class of its own.

Check out more videos with Anika:

Szymon Fortuna

Szymon Fortuna

Founder and CEO of Open-Minded Drumming
Student of Claus Hessler
Session musician who’s traveling the world playing the drums
Innovator who stands for high quality education

Szymon has been playing drums over twenty years. His biggest asset is stylistic versatility and sight-reading skills. In the past few years, he has played several hundred shows based on avista sight-reading.

Szymon has studied his craft with jazz studies at Middlesex University in London and at Berklee College of Music (Summer Program). He studied with drummers like Gene Calderazzo (USA), Harry Tanschek (AUT), and in the past three years he has continued to learn and grow with the help of Claus Hessler.
In 2014, Szymon received a Berklee World Tour Scholarship to the value of $20,000.
Szymon is very passionate about teaching and sharing his knowledge with others.

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