Focus Area: Rock / Pop / Touring
In 2011, Tobias Urbanczyk was a successful participant in the Professional Program of the Modern Music School. Afterwards, he completed his drum studies at the Musicians Institute in California and graduated as best in his class.
He got started in Los Angeles and has played in all the popular arenas in America and Canada. Tobias not only toured the world as a drummer for Disney star Sabrina Carpenter but also for pop stars like AJ Mitchell, Jonny Orland, Jonas Blue and Alan Walker. He has complete confidence in Ableton as the playback tech of Billie Eilish and his brother FINNEAS. He has also played on TV shows such as The Late Late Show with James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Jimmy Fallon.
Focus Areas: Jazz / Fusion
Yannis studied as a scholarship holder at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He played live and in the studio with musicians such as Mike “Jonesy” Jones, Chris Jacob, Aydin Esen and Vasilis Tsambropoulos, saxophonist Andy Sheppard, Jim Odgren, Lyn Dobson and Dimitri Vassilakis and bassist Manuel Orza, Xavier Padilla, Jack Kulp, Yotis Kiourktsoglou and George Fakanas. He also gave workshops together with George Kollias, Thomas Lang and Dom Famularo.
He is currently recording and touring with the internationally acclaimed jazz quartet “NUKeLEUS”. Yannis works closely with the jazz masters Craig Bailey and George Kontrafouris and also teaches at the Modern Music School in Greece. His most famous student certainly is George Kollias.
Focus Area: Rock
Stephan Zender has been with the Modern Music School since 1990. After his pedagogy studies, he went to Los Angeles to study drums at the Los Angeles Music Academy. Here, he had lessons with legendary coaches like Joe Porcaro, Ralph Humphrey, Mark Schulman (Pink, Foreigner, Billy Idol etc.) and others. After his return from California, Stephan started teaching at MMS and today he runs three own locations. He played in various bands, recorded albums and toured through Europe and America.
Focus Areas: Double Bass Drumming / Metal
He is one of the fastest drummers in the world. His play with the Swivel Technique, which allows him to perform two strokes with one pedal stroke, has become his trademark, as well as the One-Foot-Blasting technique.
His experience as a drummer of the internationally successful band NILE and 300 beats per minute make George Kollias the best lecturer for the metal genre. In the Professional Program, he teaches you all the important skills and tricks for metal drumming.
Focus Areas: Rock / Studio / Touring
Steve Alexander became known as a drummer mainly through his work in the Jeff Beck Band, with Duran Duran and Lenny Kravitz. He is also a composer and producer and tours the world as a clinician for Sonor and Zildjian. Steve has his own philosophy of playing drums. In his lessons, he will introduce you to it.
Focus Area: Latin
Already in her youth, Angela set the course for her career as a professional drummer and played in the big clubs of São Paulo, where she grew up and where music entered her life. In 1993, Angela moved to Germany and quickly became an irreplaceable figure in the world music scene. She worked together with Nina Hagen, Grace Jones, Lou Bega, Airto Moreira, Rosanna & Zélia, Edo Zanki, Emiliana Torrini and Six was Nine.
On several occasions, she played as a guest in the Harald Schmidt Show Band.
Walfredo Reyes Jr.
Focus Areas: Latin / Pop / Rock / Touring / Studio
One of the most versatile and popular drummers in the scene is Walfredo Reyes Jr. Whether in the studio, on tour or as a drum teacher on the percussions, on the drum set or a mixture of both – Walfredo is a musician who puts all his passion, heart and soul into music and music lessons.
During his career as a professional drummer, he was regularly booked by big names in the music business. Walfredo has played for Carlos Santana, Steve Winwood, Traffic, Robbie Robertson, Lindsey Buckingham, Jackson Browne, Ricky Lee Jones, Boz Scaggs, Joe Sample, David Lindley, Mickey Hart, Ricky Martin, Christina Aguilera, Gloria Estefan, Celia Cruz, El Chicano, Don & Dave Grusin, Frank Gambale and Carl Verheyen; to name just a few. He has performed with international artists such as Khaled (Algeria), Sergio Mendes (Brazil), Jimmy Barnes (Australia) and Johnny Hallyday (France). He has also appeared on numerous film and television soundtracks and released his own albums. He is currently touring with the band Chicago.
Focus Areas: Jazz / Rock / Pop / Odd meters
One of the most respected session drummers in Greece is Stefanos Dimitriou. Over 25 years of live performance, an abundance of studio and teaching experience – Stefanos has a busy schedule and is highly demanded as a drummer and drum teacher.
Stefanos began his career as a professional drummer by studying drums at the Athens Conservatory of Music. The list of names of his drum teachers involves leading characters of the drummer scene: Jim Chapin, Virgin Donati, Garry Novak, Will Kennedy, Nathaniel Townsley, Alex Acuna, Dennis Chambers, Jojo Mayer. Numerous international tours with well-known artists, studio recordings and television appearances followed.
In the Professional Program of the Modern Music School, Stefanos gives inspiring, motivating and technically competent drum lessons for the next generation of drumming professionals.
Focus Areas: Jazz / Fusion / Touring / Studio
Tom Brechtlein grew up in East Meadow, Long Island and has been fascinated by drumming since he first heard the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Cream and Jimi Hendrix. Later, his attention turned to big band jazz. His involvement with jazz led him to Dave Brubeck’s drummer Joe Morello and then to modern giants like Elvin Jones and Tony Williams, as well as legends like Papa Jo Jones, Max Roach and Philly Joe Jones.
“When I was 18 years old,” Tom recalls, “I saw Chick Corea’s Return To Forever on PBS Television; and I remember sitting there thinking, ‘Someday I’m gonna play with this guy.” Two years later, in 1978, he auditioned for Corea and got the gig. He remained in the band until 1983, when he joined Wayne Shorter’s band. Extensive tours with guitarist Al Di Meola and violinist Jean Luc Ponty followed, before Tom finally got together with Robben Ford in 1986.
In the Professional Program, Tom shares all his experience and skills as a world-class drummer.
Focus Areas: Rock / Pop / Live / Touring
Roberto Cerletti completed his training as a professional drummer at the School of Jazz in Basel and at the Musicians Institute in California. This was followed by countless tours and studio recordings with stars such as Bridgit Mendler, Kamran & Hooman and Ana Barbara, engagements with The X-Factor, the Ellen DeGeneres Show and other well-known formats and jam sessions with stars such as Prince.