Join us for the Learning Experience of a Lifetime! With Billy Cobham and the Spectrum 40 Band members--plus special guest Dom Famularo!



Drummers! Guitarists! Bass Players! Keyboardists!

Musicians, Students and Educators, this is for YOU!


Here is part one of the documentary on our last event, so you can get a taste of what you will experience! 


Our team of world-class coaches will help you grow your artistry and teamwork as a Rhythm Section musician or Educator!







$85- $249 1-3 days (Includes Concert Ticket)






You'll 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.

Enjoy a Variety of Learning Experiences:

  • Interactive lectures
  • Lively discussions
  • Video analysis
  • Playing exercises
  • Daily jam sessions
  • Special Saturday night performance with Billy and the Spectrum 40 Band at the beautiful Mesa Arts Center
  • Special musician enrichment programs, including "Social Media on Steroids" with social marketing expert Dan Shinder

The Retreat includes a Special 90-minute Social Media Session!
You Will Learn:

  • Why it is important to grow your audience
  • The "ART" of how to grow a HUGE Online platform
  • Learn what results are and what results are not. This is always a big AHA! moment for attendees!
  • Marketing and Promoting to your target audience (They are two different things!)
  • How to do this without pounding people over the head with the same thing over and over
  • How to STAND OUT among everyone else with exceptional content that matters to your audience and keeps your fans coming to your channels
  • How to use an Editorial Calendar to stay organized and manage your work flow, diversity of content and scheduling
  • Learn several magical ingredients that will increase your results immediately!
  • ALL this and MUCH MORE Using Social Media WITHOUT paying for advertising on the platforms you use!





BILLY COBHAM - Master drummer and percussionist, composer, producer, educator, clinician and creative visionary who gives service through music as he constantly expands his personal creative expression. The Art of the Rhythm Section Retreat is the culmination of Billy’s life’s work.
Billy Cobham’s Website







Learn the finer points of working as a cohesive unit in the Rhythm Section with jazz fusion pioneer Billy Cobham, along with Dean Brown (guitar), Gerry Etkins (keyboards), Ric Fierabracci (bass), and global drumming ambassador Dom Famularo.

  • Dom Famularo


  • Dean Brown


  • Ric Fierabracci


  • Gerry Etkins








VIP Art of the Rhythm Section Retreat Session Pass includes a Concert Ticket!

Included with your ticket to the Billy Cobham and Spectrum 40 performance on Saturday, July 22 at 7:30 pm in the Piper Theatre at the Mesa Arts Center, you can sample the Billy Cobham Art of the Rhythm Section Retreat happening at the Mesa Arts Center during the week leading up to this show.

The Retreat is an immersive learning experience for drummers, guitarists, bassists and keyboard players, which focuses on helping rhythm section musicians play more effectively as a cohesive unit. For interested musicians who want to benefit from this incredible learning experience, led by jazz fusion pioneer Billy Cobham, along with global educator Dom Famularo, Dean Brown (guitar); Ric Fierabracci (bass) and Gerry Etkins (keyboards), we are offering session passes for one, two or three afternoons, along with your ticket to the Saturday night performance.

The passes entitle you to access to the educational program on an observational basis, from 1:30 pm to 5 pm, on Tuesday, July 18, Thursday, July 20 and/or Friday, July 21.
Prices as follows:

  • One session pass: $85 1:30-5 pm on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday (includes your concert ticket for Saturday night, general admission.
  • Two session passes: $135 1:30-5:00 pm, Tuesday, Thursday and/or Friday (includes your concert ticket for Saturday night, general admission)
  • Three session passes: $249, 1:30-5:00 pm Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (includes your concert ticket)

Select your general admission concert ticket and add your Session Pass at checkout HERE


Dom Famularo has been traveling the globe preaching the gospel of drumming for over 40 years. Dom’s career has been built upon his unique skills as a drummer, educator, author and motivational speaker.
Dom Famularo’s Website


Guitarist, composer, producer, arranger and educator, who has toured all over the world with musical greats such as Billy Cobham, Roberta Flack, George Duke, David Sanborn and many more.
Dean Brown’s Website


Bassist, composer, producer, educator, who has performed, recorded and run the gamut for artists like Billy Cobham, Chick Corea, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Stanley Clarke, and many more.
Ric Fierabracci’s Website


Keyboardist, composer, arranger, educator, who played keyboards in the Tonight Show Band for many years under Jay Leno’s tenure.
Gerry Etkin’s Web Info


The Founder of Drum Talk TV, Dan has been teaching "Social Media On Steroids" for three years to the music industry, as well as other industries, from individual entrepreneurs to multimillion dollar corporations. In the music industry he has taught the course to everyone from music educators, to up and coming artists, to artists with gold and platinum records on the wall.
SMOS Website

Billy Cobham's Art of the Rhythm Section Retreat



If you're an advanced student, educator, or high-intermediate to highly advanced level of musician, this program is for you! For optimal participation in this program, you need to have a good command of your instrument, from at least a high-intermediate to a highly advanced level, plus a basic understanding of how to collaborate with one another in the Rhythm Section, in terms of presenting a musical statement as a group. While it's not required to read music/sight read, it would be helpful, but not necessary.


Please note: This program is not intended for beginner to basic-intermediate musicians. This intensive program is chiefly about how to interpret, translate and react to the musical ideas presented. Billy, Dean, Ric and Gerry, along with Dom Famularo are there to be your coaches; your mentors. They will be working with you, and are not there to be judgmental personally or over-critical. This is a very fun learning environment where everyone learns together from the immersive experience.

We look forward to seeing you there!






Discounted rooms available for the
Art of the Rhythm Section Retreat.



200 N Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ 85201
1 480 898 8300