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About KHSDI:

Founded in 2007, The Keith Hall Summer Drum Intensive is a week-long drum camp held on the campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The focus here is jazz drumming for all ages and levels. (11-65+ years!) Since 2007, it has grown from 6 students at a 3 day workshop to a beginning and advanced week including 24 drummers each.

Photography for KHSDI by Jane Kozhevnikova, Hannah Hall and Casey Spring


During the week, students will learn new music during rehearsals and performances with various professional rhythm sections, a vocalist a horn player, and a drum choir.  Students participate in a number of activities including:

  • Skype Master Classes: Have included Billy Hart, Will Kennedy, Tommy Igoe, Peter Erskine, Matt Wilson, Carl Allen, Chuck Silverman, Peter Retzlaff, Carter McLean, Nick Ruffini, Adam Nussbaum, Donny McCaslin, Sammy K, Andrew Rathbun, Phil Maturano, Derico Watson, Geoff Clapp and Quincy Davis.

  • Personal Health: Focus on personal development through confidence and healthy choices

  • The Staff includes talented drummers from around the U.S. who are Keith’s past and present WMU students

  • The Pro Rhythm Sections include Keith’s New York City trio TRI-FI, and all-stars from around the country.

  • Full dormitory housing and cafeteria services are available.

  • The Final Concerts are held at The Union Cabaret and Grille in downtown Kalamazoo.Drum Set Master Classes: Set up, tuning, ride cymbal focus, time, comping, brushes, soloing, independence, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban and much more…

  • Listening and Analysis: Study the styles of important jazz drummers.

  • Drum Set Choir: Perform as part of a drum set ensemble.

  • Evening Jam Sessions: Jam with other students and staff.

  • Jazz Rhythm Section Concepts: Study classic rhythm sections, learn tunes and gain valuable experience working with a world-class rhythm section from New York City.

2019 Dates:

Week 1: June 17-22, 2019 Beginning/Intermediate

Week 2: June 24-29, 2019 Advanced



It truly does get better each year and that says a lot because the bar keeps getting higher.
— Jim, Returning Student

“Not only was our son’s drumming taken to a new level, his confidence and social interactions were challenged and growth was realized!”
-Elise, Parent

“This years intensive was my favorite by far!  So much positive energy and vibe! I hope to be back next year!”
-Sam, Returning Student

“I am very impressed with the pedagogical strength-based style and creativity after observing the intensive drum program. I was stunned at the kids’ improvement in confidence and skill in one week.”
-Roxanne, Parent

“It immediately changed the way I viewed the instrument and performance…the entire staff was so very helpful!”
-Bill F.–Student

“We were thrilled… I truly believe you could not find a comparable experience anywhere…an experience of a lifetime!”
– Eugene & Jan P.–Parents


DownBeat Magazine

KHSDI was featured in DownBeat Magazine April 2016


Big thanks to our amazing 2018 staff:

Rufus Ferguson, Phil Palombi, Matt Landon, John Sutton, Ashley Daneman, Andrew Rathbun, Matthew Fries, Matt Hughes, Edye Evans Hyde, Benje Daneman, Jay Ortega, Casey Spring, Jay Sawyer, Christian Euman, Ethan Bouwsma, Ryan Demeniuk, Madison George, Steven Perry, Brad Crossland, Carter Zamora, Bryer Magnuson, Danny Gayden, Grace Hall, Hannah Hall, Josie Hall, Tamera Hall, Jane Kozhevnikova and special guests: Adam Nussbaum, Nick Ruffini and Peter Retzlaff.


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