Billy Cobham brings his highly acclaimed Art Of The Rhythm Section Retreat back to the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona, for its second year, from July 16-22, 2017. It offers an immersive educational program for drummers, bassists, guitarists, and keyboard players, and is geared for advanced students through to music educators and working professionals.

Cobham is presenting the clinic alongside Dean Brown (guitar), Ric Fierabracci (bass), Gerry Etkins (keyboards), and global drumming ambassador Dom Famularo.  They will offer interactive lectures, discussions, demonstrations, playing exercises, and nightly jam sessions.

“The unique format of the program allows participants to explore and expand their artistry, develop and refine their ‘band face’ and focus on the all-important elements of teamwork and collaboration, so that all types of instrumentalists can benefit and learn from the perspective of each one of our coaches,” Cobham states.

Participants will 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.

The retreat will also offer a musician enrichment program, “Social Media on Steroids,”  conducted by marketing expert Dan Shinder, to help musicians better leverage social media in promoting their music and their brands.

The Billy Cobham Art of the Rhythm Section Retreat culminates with a special Saturday night performance with Billy and the Spectrum 40 Band at the Mesa Arts Center on Saturday, July 22, 2017 in the Piper Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

Enrollment for the program is now open, with spaces limited for each of the four instrument categories of drums, guitar, bass, and keyboards.

For more information and to register, visit