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Hans in 't Zandt immersed himself in the realm of music and drumming at the tender age of 8 years old. He had to make do with mom’s knitting needles and pillows as there was no money for drum lessons, let alone a drum kit.

At the age of 13 he bought his own first set of drums with his own hard earned money and entered his first band. Within six months he and his band were ready to hit the stage and he has been on it ever since.

Years of self education passed while doing everything by heart and ears building his style and feel playing in bands like Chinawhite, Terra Nova, The Chillfactor, Cooper Inc., Parris, Piledriver, Time Machine, Shake Awake, Angel Dust. He also got a name for himself as a hired hand doing gigs, stand-in jobs and recordings for other people.

The urge to learn more about making good music drove him to study with people like Bruce Becker ( Master Teacher), Dave Weckl (needs no introduction), Rene Creemers and the Los Angeles Music Academy where he was taught by Joe Porcaro, Ralph Humphrey, Mike Shapiro, Mike Packer, Mark Schulman, Jerry Steinholz, Sherman Ferguson, Aaron Serfaty and Tony Inzalaco. Further, he studied with Phil Maturano and Pierre Courbois.

Hans' versatility covers all styles of music. He teaches at the Drummers Institute in Düsseldorf, Germany and has his own drum school called The Rhythm Syndicate in Venlo, Netherlands. What drives him, is to play music with a no guts no glory attitude which he feels is what music is all about anyway. So whether it be double bass, ghost notes, brushes, latin, funk, jazz or a 6 lbs steak: he hitz it! This everlasting quest called music lead him to work with producers like Michael Voss, Fred Hendrix, fantastic players like Barend Courbois, Joost Vergoossen, Rob Winter, Marcel Coenen, Jan Somers, Richard Ritterbeeks (Volumia), Rogier v. Wegberg, Michel Hatzigeorgiou, Marius Goldhammer, Lorenzo Feliciati, Franc O'Shea , Norman Stockton, Dominique di Piazza, Steve Fister (ex-Lita Ford, Steppenwolf), Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath), Eric Gales Band, Mother's Finest, John Hayes, Dez Bailey ( Bailey’s Comet ) the First and Second European Bass Day, Toto, Kerfonse Kanté, J-T ( Candy Dulfer Band ), Vengeance and Mad Max …
It even earned him an article in De Slagwerkkrant: SWK 104.

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