THE ONCE IN A LIFETIME DRUMMERS RETREAT

Deep in South Georgia there is a private little nook right next to the shop where some of the world’s best drums are made. A new experience that mixes music and the art of drum building like none other. A place where you can stay in our private cabin and witness drums being made by master drum builder Michael Outlaw

The Art of Custom Drum Building Experience $3000

We will show you how drums are crafted from start to finish - from a raw piece of wood to a high-quality snare drum. Guests will come in and be guided on a tour through the workshop. We will discuss the whole process. I will share some great stories from my experience over the years. You will then be invited to join Michael in the studio where you can play on various drums and instruments of your choice. This experience offers you the chance to see how drums are made first-hand. It will also teach you the importance of sound quality and bearing edges which you can implement on your own drums. We will briefly demonstrate cutting logs, sawing, and milling! This experience is great for individuals and small groups looking for private sessions to learn the craft of drum building! We also have a private Airbnb cabin for guests who want to reserve a place to stay. Have an idea? Michael has built drums for some of the world’s best drummers. Examples: Styx, Todd Sucherman / OneRepublic, Eddie Fisher/ Luke Bryan, Kent Slucher, and many more..

Day 1:

9:00 am - 9:30 am: Registration and Introduction

- Meet and greet with fellow participants

- Enjoy a quick jam session to set the mood

- Indulge in a homemade breakfast sandwich and coffee to fuel your creativity

9:30 am - 11:00 am: Wood and Board Selection

- Learn about different types of wood and their characteristics for drum building

- Select the perfect wood and board for your drum

- Discuss saw angles and techniques for precise cuts

- Use the table saw to cut and prepare the boards for the drum

11:00 am - 1:00 pm: Glue Up Time

- Apply glue to the boards and assemble the drum shell

- Learn proper clamping techniques for a strong drum

- Enjoy a delicious southern outlaw lunch to satisfy your hunger

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Drum Drying

- Allow the drum to dry overnight

- Discuss techniques for ensuring even drying

- Prepare the drum for the next day's activities

Day 2:

9:00 am - 9:30 am: Quick Jam Session

- Warm-up and get the rhythm flowing

- Enjoy a homemade breakfast sandwich and coffee to start the day

9:30 am - 11:00 am: Milling and Sanding

- Begin the milling process to shape the drum

- Use various tools and techniques to achieve desired dimensions

- Start sanding the drum surface for a smooth finish

- Discuss hardware layout and determine the overall look and color of the drum

11:00 am - 1:00 pm: Continued Milling and Sanding

- Fine-tune the drum shape and dimensions

- Focus on achieving a flat surface through meticulous sanding or carving

- Outlaw lunch to recharge

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Continued Sanding and Preparation

- Address any imperfections or blemishes on the drum surface

- Prepare the drum for the next day's activities

- Discuss and plan for the finishing process

Day 3:

9:00 am - 9:30 am: Quick Jam Session

- Warm-up and get the rhythm flowing

- Enjoy a homemade breakfast sandwich and coffee to start the day

9:30 am - 11:00 am: Edges and Finishing Touches

- Learn about different drum edge types and their impact on sound

- Shape and refine the drum edges based on your desired sound

- Discuss and plan for the finishing process

11:00 am - 1:00 pm: Final Sanding and Finishing

- Continue sanding the drum surface for a smooth finish

- Apply the chosen finish to enhance the drum's appearance and protect the wood

- outlaw lunch to celebrate your progress

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Drum Finishing

- Apply the final coats of finish to the drum

- Allow the finish to dry and cure properly

- Evaluate the finished drum and address any final adjustments or refinements

- Prepare the drum for assembly on the next day

Day 4:

9:00 am - 9:30 am: Quick Jam Session

- Warm-up and get the rhythm flowing

- Enjoy a homemade breakfast sandwich and coffee to start the day

9:30 am - 11:00 am: Drum Assembly

- Assemble the drum hardware and components

- Ensure proper alignment and attachment techniques

- Enjoy a delicious southern outlaw lunch to celebrate your completed drum

11:00 am - 1:00 pm: Final Drum Adjustments and Tuning

- Learn how to properly tune your drum for optimal sound quality

- Select and install the appropriate drumheads

- Make any final adjustments to hardware and components

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Drum Packaging and Conclusion

- Package your completed drum for transportation, if necessary

- Final Q&A session and address any remaining questions

- Certificates of completion and farewell to fellow participants

Please note that the schedule may be subject to adjustments based on the progress of the participants and the instructor's discretion.

  • Day 1 Arrive by 9 am

  • Day 4 Depart by 5 pm


$3000 package half down to reserve your spot

  • By enrolling in our drum building class, you agree to the following terms.

  • Assumption of Risk: I understand that participating in drum-building activities involves certain risks, including the risk of personal injury. I voluntarily assume all risks associated with my participation in the workshop and agree that Outlawdrums shall not be held liable for any injuries or damages sustained during the workshop.

  • 1. Brand Protection: We will not disclose certain aspects of the drum-building process for branding purposes. Please respect our decision and refrain from sharing or replicating any undisclosed information beyond the class. We will teach you different drum-building approaches, but we aim for you to develop your unique drum-crafting style without directly copying others.

  • 2. Non-Disclosure Agreement: Please do not disclose confidential information shared during the class, including undisclosed processes or trade secrets.

  • 4. Liability: We cannot be held responsible for any damages or injuries that may occur during the class. Please ensure your safety and follow instructions carefully.

  • 5. Information Updates: We may modify or update the information provided during the class. Drum-building practices may change over time.

  • By enrolling, you acknowledge and accept these terms. If you disagree, please do not participate.

Deposit

I have included my $500 tuition deposit payable to Outlawdrums. I kindly request that a spot be reserved for me in the session stated above (please write or email dates with the signed forms. Dates are flexible.

I know that the remaining balance of my tuition will be due prior to the start of the course. Additionally, I understand the cancellation policy outlined as follows: Deposits are non-refundable. Should I need to cancel my reservation and provide more than 30 days' notice, I may apply my deposit toward a future course. If I cancel my reservation less than 30 days before the course start date and my spot is filled by another student, I will have the opportunity to apply my deposit to a future course. However, if I cancel less than 30 days before the course and my spot remains unfilled, my tuition will not be refunded or applicable to another class.

Furthermore, I acknowledge that in case of a course cancellation by the Outlawdrums my deposit and tuition will be fully refunded