• born in Mainz
  • first contact with drums and »sticks« at age 4
  • first official appearance at age 11
  • apprenticeship as engraver (professional title) at the Schott music publishing house in Mainz
  • 1974: moved to Munich to study music at the Richard Strauss- Conservatory, etc. and studied the Basel drum with Arnold F. Riedhammer, solo drummer and timpanist of the Munich Philharmonic
  • lecturer at the Richard Strauss Conservatory of the City of Munich since 1992 and since 2008 lecturer at the University of Music and Theater in Munich, Department Jazz Institute
  • he has been playing in the Hugo Strasser Orchestra since 1987 and has recorded many LPs, CDs and studio productions with this orchestra


with local and own bands in various musical styles (rock, jazz, funk, Latin, Dixi Folk etc.).

tours and appearances:

with, Donna Hightower (1979), Udo Jürgens (1980), Peter Horton (1982/83), Edo Zanki (1984), Richard T.Bear (1985), Katja Ebstein, Ute Lemper and the NDR Pops Orchestra (2006), Thomas Fink Jazz Trio, Hugo Strasser Hot Five, Jerry Goodman, Sal Nistico, Tony Lakatos and many more

workshops and solo performances:

for Pearl, Drums & Percussion, solo performance at the international drummer meeting in Koblenz 1994, MAPEX-DRUMS since 2006, lecturer at the summer seminar for drums and percussion at the Bavarian Music Academy Marktoberdorf 1998, from 2000 to 2006 lecturer again and again.  the part-time course at the Federal Academy for Musical Youth Education Trossingen, Dinkelsbühl Music Academy, Ludwigsburg Drum Days, Dresden Drum and Bass Festival, 2012, Gießen Drum Night 2012, workshops and solo performances at the legendary Drummer Meeting Salzgitter u.d.  Head of Ralli Lewitzki and many more


Dave Weckl, Ed Thigpen, Luis Conte und Ricky Lawson; 

Big Band - productions for and with:

NDR-Big Band, HR_Big Band, James Last, Max Greger, Dieter Reith, Frank Valdor, Hugo Strasser, L.A. Concert Jazz Orchestra (Big Band Jazz) Vienna 2009 u.  v.  a.

Studio work for various European pop and vocal performers:

 Udo Jürgens, Karel Gott, Silvia Fredhammer, Harald Faltermeyer, Edo Zanki, Frank Farian, Volker Kriegel, Wolfgang Dauner, Toots Thieleman, Wallstreet Chrash, Gillian Scalici, Koono Schmid, Ingrid Peters, Bibi Johns, and many more.

Musical obligations:

SweetCharity, West Side Story, Porgy and Bess, Annie get your gun, u.  a.  Chambers Suite (ballet by John Adams)

Studio recordings for film music:

Schwarzwaldklinik (Comp. Hans Hammerschmid), Hotel Paradiese (Comp. Hans Hammerschmid), Tatort, Kommissar, Peter Thomas, Jon Scott and others.


Big Band Ball Room Drumming, Voggenreiter Verlag 

Endorser for:

mapex Sabian vic firth


© Foto: König