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The Ultimate Drum Experience Returns!

The Ultimate Drum Experience is Back!

May 30th - June 3rd


at the Bull Theatre in Barnet, North London.

Booking is now open! 

UDE returns for 2016 with a stellar line up of the some of the best drummers and teachers in the UK including: 

Gavin Harrison

Geoff Dugmore

Ralph Salmins

Ash Soan

Richard Spaven

Gabor Dornyei

and Jeff Davenport.

The 5 day event will be held at The Bull Theatre, Barnet, running between 10.00a.m - 5.00p.m on each of the five days, with evening events taking place between 7.30 pm and 9.30 pm.

The course is limited to only 45 students split into 3 classes. Each class is limited to a maximum of 15. 

What they say about UDE...

"The UDE is exactly what it says on the tin.... A wonderful week of learning from some of todays TOP players in every field of studio and live music. I feel very honoured to have been invited again this year to teach and pass along my 30 years of experience in the recording and live music world and I very much look forward to seeing old friends and making new friends during the week. If you haven't yet booked your place ... DO IT NOW !!!!...... its the UDE 2016 ...... see you there." - Geoff Dugmore

“Having been a part of Mike Dolbear’s UDE a couple of times, I can say that it is an amazing opportunity for drummers to learn from and hang out with some of the top performers and educators in our field.  I highly recommend signing up to anyone that is considering attending.  You’ll have an amazing experience and will learn a lot in the process.” - Stanton Moore

"Just prior to joining the band, I had attended the Ultimate Drum Experience in 2009 and 2010 and looking back I can see that it was a crucial point in my drumming timeline.  It was inspiring to be taught and given advice from some of my favourite drummers in such a focussed environment. The skills, the techniques and the confidence that I gained were essential to my progression.  At another level, I realised that as a musician, there is a drumming community and Mike Dolbear's Ultimate Drum Experience is a gateway into that network. I would highly recommend it to take your drumming professionally to the next level!" - Bob Hall - Catfish and the Bottlemen. 

"The UDE is one of the best close-up learning experiences I have ever seen. I very much like the way the course is organised and there is a great friendly atmosphere, providing a fantastic learning experience and  above all lots of fun!" - Ralph Salmins

Teachers and topics for 2016 UDE -


Geoff Dugmore - Session drumming

Ralph Salmins It’s all about the swing

Gavin Harrison - Time, polyrhythms, beat displacement and more

Gabor Dornyei - Extreme independence

Jeff Davenport - Everything you need to know about tuning and getting the best from your kit.

Bass player (TBC) - Working alongside one of the UK’s most in-demand bass players.

Ash Soan                    -         Session drumming and groove

Richard Spaven         -         Working on modern drumming concepts

Evening events include; drum clinics, a jam night and a round table with top industry professionals. 

The cost of this five day course is £495. This includes all daytime tuition and entry into the associated evening events.  The course is non-residential so you will have to make your own arrangements for accommodation, and your own arrangements for food.

For more information including a full timetable and to download the booking form please visit:

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