Spring Events at DCMS

May 27 – 28 – Ladner May Days – Memorial Park, Ladner
Saturday 1:30 – 3 pm, Sunday 11 am – 12 noon,  2:30 – 3:30 pm

DCMS Instrumental Scholarship Recital
Sunday, June 4th – Junior 2 pm, Senior 2:45 pm
At the Music School

DCMS Voice Scholarship Recital
Sunday, June 11, 4:00 pm Junior, 6 pm Senior 
at the Music School

DCMS Final Student Recital
Sunday, June 18 – 2 pm 
Ladner United Church

Tracy’s Year-End Voice Recital
Monday, June 19 
Ladner United Church



A one week Drum Camp with Mike Michalkow.



July 24 – 28, 2023

  • live band day
  • Special guest artists
  • Lunch and snacks included






Drum Camp with Mike Michalkow


This Summer we will be offering a one-week Drum Camp with Mike Michalkow.

July 24 – 28 , 2023  
Tuition: $1650 CND plus $60 registration fee.


Online Registration


  • Each Student will have their own Electronic Drumset to use during the week.  
  • Lunch & snacks/beverages are included with the Camp Fee
  • Ages 19 and older

Here’s a Breakdown of what will be taught throughout the week:

  • Daily Warmups-An In-Depth Understanding of Rhythm  
  • Each Day consists of various topics and lessons taught by Mike & Guest Instructors
  • Improving Hand & Foot Technique
  • Making your Grooves “Groove”
  • intermediate to Advanced Independence
  • Understanding Odd Time Signatures
  • Learning to play with a click track or sequencers
  • How to Quickly Learn Songs
  • Rhythms from Around the World
  • The Concept of Soloing
  • An Introduction to Polyrhythms
  • Famous Drum Grooves
  • Drumming History and the pioneers of Drumming
  • An Introduction to new Styles:
    • Funk, Jazz, Latin, Metal
    • Double Bass Drumming (for those who play it)
  • Reading Exercises – Learning to Improvise
  • Thursday is ” Band Day” where each student gets a chance to play with live  musicians in a learning environment.
-Transportation to and from the hotel from the school is Provided.
-Air Conditioned classroom
– Refunds for withdrawals before May 15th only.  There are no refunds for group classes.
-Minimum 2 years of Drumming experience is required

About Mike Michalkow – Drummer/Percussionist/Author/Educator

Mike has been playing drums for over 30 years and is a top graduate of the music program in 1994 at Grant MacEwan University.   He currently resides in Vancouver, BC where he performs with groups such as Supernatural (A Santana Tribute) John Cameron Entertainment (Orchestra Drummer in Edmonton, Alberta), Strangiato (A Tribute to Rush) Flow (A Tribute To Sade), and various other projects. He is also very active in the Vancouver Recording Studio Scene recording 2-3 albums per month.

Mike is the Head Drum Instructor at LCMS (Langley Community Music School), An Adjudicator for the Canadian Drumline Association (CDA), and one of the resident instructors on the popular online lesson site Drumeo.

He hosts Drum and Percussion clinics in Canada and the USA sponsored by Yamaha Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Evans Drum Heads, Kelly Cajons, and Pro Mark Drum Sticks.

Mike Michalkow has shared the stage with the likes of David Foster, Lionel Richie, Peter Cetera, Sarah MacLaughlan, Olivia Newton-John, Nathan East, Larry Carlton, Mike Stern, The Tenors, Steven Page and many more.  

 Mike is the author of the Modern Drummer Award Winning Educational Book “The Total Rock Drummer, as well as he is the creator of “The Drumming System, The Moeller Method Secrets, The Latin Drumming System, The Jazz Drumming System, and the Drum Tuning System”

To learn more about Mike visit www.mikemichalkow.com

 Mike on YouTube





Calendar of Events – Fall 2022

Sunday, November 20, 2022
Student Recital and Annual General Meeting
Ladner United Church – 2 pm
Free admission

Sunday, December 11, 2022
Winter Student Recitals 
All Saints Anglican Parish – 2pm 
Free admission


Thursday, Decemeber 15, 2022
Voice Recital with Tracy Neff
Red Barn at Southlands
admission by donation



DCMS Events – Spring 2022

Upcoming Events at the School – May and June 2022

Instrumental Scholarship Recital

Dr. Barrie Barrington – adjudicaotr

All Saints Anglican Parish

Sunday May 1, Times TBA

Vocal Scholarship Recital

Andy Toth – adjudicator

Ladner United Church

Friday June 3, time TBA
entries due by June 25th
Church policy – Masks must be worn, 
everyone age 12 and up must be vaccinated.

SDJF Fundraiser Concert

Featuring SDJF Faculty

All Saints Anglican Parish

Saturday, June 11, 7:30 pm

Year-End Student Recital

Sign ups available soon

All Saints Anglican Church

Sunday June 12,  2 pm, 3pm, 4pm

signup due June 2, 2022

Tracy’s final Voice Recitals


Red Barn at Southlands

Thursday June 16,  4:30 – 6:30,  and 6:30 – 8:30 sections