This is a great topic. I’m thinking that drum clinics are somewhat underrated by drum fans, but I love them. The fact that you can see your favorite drummer (or just a good pro drummer), for a nominal fee, and even free, is just hard to beat. The closeness and availability of the drummer makes it a great show for drum fans, and music fans in general.
I’ve been to four drum clinics, three in 2010. I saw Marco Minnemann, Walfredo Reyes, Jr., and Thomas Pridgen. They were all fantastic, and I’m hard pressed to pick a best (or favorite). But I’d have to give the win by a nose to Marco Minnemann.
I wrote articles extensively covering all the clinics at TheParadiddler.com. If the readers are interested, they can head on over there, and in the ‘Articles’ tab there is a section called ‘Drum Clinics’. The Thomas Pridgen clinic coverage has the most pictures, Walfredo showed to be a master multi-percussionist, and Marco, well, he was a loud, well-oiled machine. I was blown away.
I would love to have Steve Smith and Thomas Lang come to the Atlanta area in 2011 - those are my dream clinics to attend. One can hope!