Claus Hessler is a renowned drummer, author, and educator especially known for his mastery of Moeller Technique and Open-Handed Playing. As a master student of legendary Jim Chapin and Dom Famularo Hessler has achieved recognition for his technical prowess, creativity, and innovative approach to drumming.
As an educator, Claus Hessler has authored several influential books on drumming, including “Open-Handed Playing”, “Daily Drumset Workout”, and “Camp Duty Update”. These books have gained popularity among drummers worldwide and have become valuable resources for developing technique, coordination, and musicality.
Hessler is also known for his work in the field of rudimental drumming and drum history and has further developed the system of “Collapsed Rudiments”; following another concept of Jim Chapin.
His educational work includes coaching drummers like David Garibaldi (Tower of Power), Anika Nilles (Jeff Beck, Nevell), Philo Tsoungie (Mars Volta). Besides his own group “Flux”, Claus has performed and recorded with artists and bands like “New York Voices”, Mike Stern or Bob Mintzer, showcasing his versatility and musicality. He has conducted clinics and masterclasses internationally at major drum events in over 40 countries including Berklee College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, China Drum Summit, Drumeo and PASIC, sharing his knowledge and expertise. His educational hub openmindeddrumming.com is setting new standards in online education. Besides Sabian cymbals, Claus is endorsing Mapex Drums, Evans Drumheads, and has his own signature stick with Promark.
Find more at claushessler.com
Q & A
Born in: Laufach
Lives in: Sommerkahl
Drumming since: 1973
Current Band: FLUX
Biggest influences: Jim Chapin, Dom Famularo, Steve Gadd, Billy Cobham
Favorite album played on: FLUX on fire
Career highlight: Sharing stage with Alex Acuna
Favorite album not played on: 8:30, Weather Report
Favorite Sabian cymbal: HH Garage Ride