At a young age, I could not resist banging on and trashing pots and pans. After seeing Ravel’s Bolero where the drummer/percussionist (in a plexiglass box) had the important task of living metronome I was determined to be a drummer, percussion player. A drum kit was quickly bought from the hard-earned holiday money. Several bands followed and then the decision came to attend the conservatory. 

After graduating from the College of Education I graduated from the conservatory in Hilversum in 1992. Majoring jazz and pop drumming. I also obtained a diploma in Bandcoaching. 

During and for my studies I played in various jazz and pop combos and an artist accompaniment band where I worked with Marco Borsato, Rene Froger, Lee Towers, Andre Hazes, among others. After my studies I was heard and seen in various musicals: Chekhov, Josephine, A Chorus Line, La Cage aux Folles, Annie, The Sound of Motown, The Glory of Gospel, and I was an orchestra leader in The Young Messiah. I also played in theatre tours with Vera Mann, Simone Kleinsma, and toured with Lenette van Dongen and Willeke Alberti. In addition, I played in the International Big band The Glenn Miller Memorial Orchestra and played at the Babette Verhoeff ensemble that included a Brazilian CD.

Meanwhile I have more than 30 years (drum) lesson experience. After having had a practice in Edam/Volendam for many years and after 8 years of experience at the Muziekpakhuis in Amsterdam I worked for a few years as music professional at a primary school in Amsterdam. I taught all the groups there, and organized the month’s celebrations where pupils could present themselves. Currently I also work as a freelance musician. 

In 2008 I opened Drumschool LogBlock. In 2014 I started the adventure, I moved my practice and Muziekcentrum LogBlock was born out of Drumschool LogBlock.

Hope to see You soon at Muziekcentrum Logblock, the best Music School in Amstelveen and its surroundings.

Greetings Jaap