Registration opens December 3rd, 2018!

Participants of all ages, levels, interests, and tastes welcome!

Mike Portnoy's Percussive Nation is an event for players and music-lovers of all ages, levels, interests, and taste! Whether you are a master player, a beginner, or just an enthusiastic fan, our four day programs offer activities and workshops for you. Our environments are non-competitive and are strictly about immersing oneself in the joys of music and our lovely surroundings!

Mike Portnoy’s Percussive Nation

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An Invitation from Mike Portnoy

I’d like to invite you all to MIKE PORTNOY’S PERCUSSIVE NATION 2019, a music camp where rock, metal, prog and fusion unite. Presented by Dreamcatcher Events and my friends at Modern Drummer, the camp is happening July 8 – 12, 2019 at The McCormick Scottsdale in beautiful Scottsdale, AZ.

MIKE PORTNOY’S PERCUSSIVE NATION 2019 will be the first music camp I’m heading on my own. The educational aspect has been a big part of my development as a drummer. I’ve done hundreds of clinics, pretty much on every continent. I’ve also done three instructional videos. But around 15 years ago, I stopped doing formal clinics. I’ve been more inspired over these years to do things with other musicians as opposed to doing them by myself, like the Dog Camps I’ve done with my band, The Winery Dogs.

I named the camp PERCUSSIVE NATION in the tradition of my PROGRESSIVE NATION events and while it’s a drum camp at its core, it’s very definitely not just a drum camp. Other instruments will be equally as involved to showcase different techniques and different styles. We’ve got guitarists, drummers, and bass players, all from different universes – metal, fusion, rock. I’d encourage all the different kinds of musicians attending to go to every class; the drummers should check out the guitar and bass workshops and so forth, it’s so important.

My focus is on the musical aspects of what we do, how we interact with other musicians. I think that’s so much more important than playing a drum solo by yourself for twenty minutes. That doesn’t interest me – what I’m concerned with is making music and interacting with other musicians.

With that in mind, we have got quite the lineup of instructors and guest musicians, guys from all my different bands, representing all the different things I do. I’m a friend of all these guys, they’re all musicians that I both respect and admire. All of these guys are people I work with in various capacities – I play in six different bands at the moment – so the lineup really represents all the different aspects of what I do, from metal to prog to classic rock and pop. My career is all about exploring that range and diversity so I want the same thing to apply to this camp.

Another thing that will make PERCUSSIVE NATION special is that it will be completely interactive. Back when I was doing clinics and instructional videos, it was just me talking, me playing, me demonstrating. But at PERCUSSIVE NATION, all the campers will be playing as well; they’ll get up and jam with my fellow instructors and me. It’s not just one person teaching the room, everybody in that room will be part of the entire event. I love that interaction. I plan on playing with all the campers and all the guests.

Nighttime will be the most fun – that’s when I’ll get together with the other guest instructors to jam and put on shows, the most intimate mini-concert you’ll ever be a part of. You’ll get to see us musicians in an environment that you’d never ever be able to capture at a formal concert. Even if you don’t play anything at all, you could still have an amazing time at PERCUSSIVE NATION, you can just watch and be entertained.

It’s very important to me that PERCUSSIVE NATION is open to musicians on every instrument and every level of playing, from eight year olds picking up the guitar for the first time to older folks who just play an instrument for the fun of it. My camp is not just about learning to play your instrument; it’s about learning to play with others. It’s about camaraderie. Music is not about playing by yourself, it’s about working with other people – writing with other people and listening to other people.

All of my work as an educator has taught me so much. You’re forced to break it down, to really analyze what you’re doing, so you learn from it as well. Getting questions from the students forces you to look at yourself and what you’re doing – it’s educational for everybody, including myself.

I’m really looking forward to MIKE PORTNOY’S PERCUSSIVE NATION 2019 and can’t wait to see you all there!

Cheers!
Mike Portnoy

Featured Artists

Gregg Bissonette

Simon Phillips

Blake Richardson

Alex Skolnick

Billy Sheehan

Tony MacAlpine

Chris Broderick

Dave LaRue

Schedule and Itinerary

*All Classes, Concerts, and Activities are Subject to Change

Monday July 08

  • 3:00-4:30

    Mike Portnoy’s Percussive Nation Camper Check-In

  • 4:30-5:45

    Mike and Instructors Welcoming Remarks

  • 6:00-6:45

    Tech/Gear Co. clinic

  • 7:00-8:00

    Dinner

  • 8:30-9:30

    Mike Portnoy Concert

  • 9:30-??

    Camper Jamming

Tuesday July 09

  • 8:00am-9:30

    Breakfast

  • 9:30-11:00

    Breakout Classes

    1. Gregg Bissonette master class
    2. Billy Sheehan master class
    3. Chris broderick master class
  • 11:15-12:45pm

    Breakout Classes

    1. Alex Skolnick
    2. Dave Larue
    3. Blake RIchardson
  • 1:00-2:00

    Lunch

  • 2:15-3:15

    Breakout Classes

    1. Simon Phillips master class
    2. Alex Skolnick master class
    3. Dave Larue master class
    4. Blake Richardson master class
  • 3:30-4:45

    Mike Masterclass

  • 5:00-5:45

    Breakout Classes

    1. Gregg Bissonette
    2. Simon Philips
    3. Billy Sheehan master class
    4. Chris Broderick master class
  • 6:00-6:45

    Tech/Gear Co. demonstrations and presentations

  • 7:00-8:00

    Dinner

  • 8:30-9:30

    All star concert

  • 9:30-??

    Camper Jamming

Wednesday July 10

  • 8:00am-9:30

    Breakfast

  • 9:30-11:00

    Breakout Classes

    1. Simon Phillips
    2. Chris Broderick
    3.  Dave Larue
    4.  Blake RIchardson
  • 1:15-12:45pm

    Breakouts

    1. Greg Bissonnette
    2. Alex Skolnick
    3. Billy Sheehan
    4. Simon Phillips
  • 1:00-2:00

    Lunch

  • 2:00-4:45

    Group Photo and Signing Session

  • 5:00-6:30

    Breakout Classes

    1. Gregg Bissonette
    2. Billy Sheehan
    3. Alex Skolnick
    4. Chris Broderick
  • 7:00-8:00

    Dinner

  • 8:30-9:30

    All Star Concert!

  • 9:30-??

    Camper Jamming

Thursday July 11

  • 8:00am-9:30

    Breakfast

  • 9:30-11:00

    Breakout Classes

    1. Simon Phillips
    2. Gregg Bissonette
    3. Chris Broderick
    4. Dave Larue
  • 11:15-12:45pm

    Breakouts

    1. Blake Richardson
    2. Alex Skolnick
    3. Billy Sheehan
    4. Simon Phillips
  • 1:00-2:00

    Lunch

  • 2:15-3:15

    Breakout Classes

    1. Blake richardson
    2. Alex Skolnick
    3. Billy Sheehan
  • 3:30-4:45

    Mike Masterclass

  • 5:00-5:45

    Breakout Classes

    1. Simon Phillips
    2. Alex Skolnick
    3. Dave Laue
  • 6:00-6:45

    Tech/Gear Co.

  • 7:00-8:00

    Dinner

  • 8:30-9:30

    Mike Portnoy & Friends Final Concert

  • 9:30-??

    Camper Jamming

Friday July 12

  • 8:00am-9:30

    Breakfast

  • 11:00am

    Hotel Checkout

The McCormick, Scottsdale, Arizona

Setting & Accommodations

An idyllic retreat, The McCormick Scottsdale is set on the shores of Camelback Lake, overlooking the and Camelback Mountain. With splendid views and warm South-western hospitality, our newly renovated lakeside hotel is convenient to Phoenix and Paradise Valley, Arizona. Enjoy the scenic, sunset shores of Camelback Lake by kayak, or tee off your adventure at the McCormick Ranch Golf Club, before relaxing in our outdoor pool accompanied by stunning mountain views. Our Scottsdale hotel suites range from a simple yet spacious Standard Room to a Deluxe Mountain or Lakeside Room with some 400 sq ft of space in a picturesque setting.

The McCormick bedroom
The McCormick, Scottsdale, Arizona
The McCormick pool

Area Attractions

Explore downtown Scottsdale, just minutes away with world-class shopping, upscale dining and art galleries and museums such as the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art or the Heard Museum – Housing one of the country’s most comprehensive collections of Native American art and anthropology. Also nearby, discover the Sonoran Desert and the Desert Botanical Garden, with over 15,000 desert plants in a spectacular outdoor setting or visit the Phoenix Zoo, home to some 1,300 animals from around the world.

The Phoenix Zoo
The Heard Museum
Desert Botanical Garden

Area Activities

Scottsdale is an upscale desert oasis where you can spend your days hiking through mountains ancient Native American tribes used to inhabit or all day shopping at the world-class Scottsdale Fashion Square. Explore history, art, food, and culture in Scottsdale like nowhere else. Journey through the desert on horseback at MacDonalds Ranch, travel back in time at the Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park, take a chance at the casinos, or wind down at a local winery.

Experiencescottsdale.com

Visitphoenix.com

Scottsdale shopping
The Diamondback Lounge
Hiking in Scottsdale

Travel Directions

The McCormick, Scottsdale, Arizona

Address
7401 N Scottsdale RD
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Website
The McCormick Scottsdale

Contact
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Instrument Travel

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Pricing and Registration

Room Types and Pricing

  • Shared Room with Two Beds
    1,599

    Standard Room with two queen beds and a roommate. You may either name a fellow registrant as your roommate or one will be assigned by Dreamcatcher Events. Roommate matches are based on age and gender. If signing up with a roommate in mind, please enter their name in the “Roommate” field as you continue registration. Roommate must also register for Percussive Nation. Pricing is per person.

  • Single Room with One Bed
    2,599

    Standard room with one King bed. Pricing is per person.

  • Bring Your Loved One One Bed
    2,999

    If you would like to have your loved join you in Scottsdale but not participate in workshops, we recommend this price point. You both share the accommodations, dine together with the group for all meals at the McCormick, and attend all evening concerts together. During the days, while one of you is participating in workshops and living out your percussive dreams, your loved one can enjoy the wonderful accommodations and interesting things to do in the Scottsdale area. Room features one King sized bed.  Pricing is for one participant and one non-participant.

  • Bring Your Loved One Two Beds
    2,999

    If you would like to have your loved join you in Scottsdale but not participate in workshops, we recommend this price point. You both share the accommodations, dine together with the group for all meals at the McCormick, and attend all evening concerts together. During the days, while one of you is participating in workshops and living out your percussive dreams, your loved one can enjoy the wonderful accommodations and interesting things to do in the Scottsdale area. Room Features two queen beds. Pricing is for one participant and one non-participant.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • 3 amazing meals a day
  • All workshops, activities and entertainment for 4 days and nights
  • Multiple jam rooms loaded with gear for you to play!
  • Parking
  • Wi-Fi

What's Not Included

  • Transportation
  • Alcohol and snacks
  • Sightseeing excursions in the area
  • Personal musical gear

Pricing and Registration Policy

  • Registration & Payments
    • All rates are per-person, unless stated otherwise.
    • All prices subject to change. Prior sales excluded. Dreamcatcher Events reserves the right to change any price, package or offering at any time without prior notice.
    • All rates are subject to 8.9% surcharge, which includes all local, state, and occupancy taxes.
  • Installment Payment Plans
    • Upon registration, a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total purchase amount is charged to your credit card.
    • 100% of the remaining balance due on installment sales is automatically charged to the credit card on file on May 1, 2019.
    • Any registrations received after May 1, 2019 must be paid in full at the time of registration.
  • Cancellations
    • All payments and deposits are final and non-refundable.

Customer Service – Please call 800-852-9277 if you have any questions

For complete details please see our Registration and Payment Policy

Modern Drummer proudly presents Mike Portnoy's Percussive Nation

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