'A Drummer's Dream' A documentary about a unique drum camp Canadian filmmaker John Walker captures a unique drum camp featuring Nasyr Abdul Al-Khabyyr, Dennis Chambers (Steely Dan, Santana), Kenwood Dennard (Art Blakey, Miles Davis), Horatio El Negro Hernandez (Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Michel Camilo), Giovanni Hidalg Canadian filmmaker John Walker was sixteen when he faced an enviable career crossroads: either play drums with his Montreal band as the opening act for Frank Zappa in California, or start a job in a movie studio that same week. An avid photographer, Walker took the film job that summer in 1969. He gave up his drumsticks until and didn't touch them again until 2008.

It was mid summer 2008 on a remote farm in Canada’s wilderness.

A handful of master musicians from around the globe got together for a drum camp. Nasyr Abdul Al-Khabyyr, who played drums with trumpet legend Dizzy Gillespie for six years, organized the gathering that also included Dennis Chambers (Steely Dan, Santana), Kenwood Dennard (Art Blakey, Miles Davis), Horatio “El Negro” Hernandez (Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Michel Camilo), Giovanni Hidalgo (Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente) and Mike Mangini (Steve Vai, Annihilator).

And to make this event even more special, John Walker and his film crew had brought their camera tp capture the instrumentalists tuning their drums, jamming, and sharing their insights and memories in front of 40 teenaged and adult pupils.

Recalls John Walker:

"I didn't tell anybody that I'd been a drummer and finally in the last day in a jam session, the students ... brought up the sticks and I had to play. And I was intimidated like, beyond belief, with these world's greatest masters. But when I played, it was like I slipped into this zone and it was like I couldn't believe how easy it was, and I finally realized: once a drummer, always a drummer."

John Walker began his career as a photographer in Montreal. In 1975 he turned to cinematography and filmmaking. He has won many awards for his producing, directing and cinematography with credits on over sixty films. His films have received international acclaim, have been widely broadcast and have appeared at the major international film festivals in Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, Berlin and London.

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