After days of a stifling heat wave blanketing the Northeast, I am happy to be on the road escaping the steamy humidity, as I head north from New York to the cool Green Mountains of Vermont. The idea of attending a summer music camp brings back childhood memories of long hours of practice coupled with a cutthroat competitiveness among participants, which decades later I have not forgotten. As it turns out, this is decidedly not my experience of KoSA, where a friendly, informal atmosphere accompanies a sense of community, and sharing is the key ingredient.
Drummers of all varieties from age seven to seventy gather in the expansive, lush countryside of Vermont to learn from an array of masters in intimate, hands-on workshops during the day and at impressive evening concerts. It’s a place where conga players learn frame drums; drum kit students try their hand at steel pans; and each day offers a chance for participants to morph from one genre to another, increasing their rhythmic vocabulary and skill set while having fun.
1. A steel pan class in action.
2. Castleton, Vermont architecture.
3. Chester Thompson and Marcus Santos in concert.
4. A KoSA participant.
5. Mazza's hybrid kit.