World’s leading motivational drum set artist and educator
One of drumming’s most sought-after private instructors for over 40 years
Educator on Open Minded Drum Camp since 2019
A major player in the percussion industry, Dom acts as Education consultant for Sabian Cymbals, Vater Sticks, Mapex Drums, Remo Drumheads, Hudson Music Publications, Wizdom Media for whom he oversees programs worldwide.
Dom Famularo has been traveling the globe preaching the gospel of drumming for over 40 years. An intense performer, Dom is one of the most respected solo drum artists in the world, with a career built solely upon his unique skills as a drummer, educator, author and motivational speaker.
“Ultimately I want today’s generation to enjoy the fun of the challenge of drumming. I want to serve as their inspiration, to give people everywhere the opportunity to find their path of self-expression. Music is one of the most viable and enjoyable means of finding oneself. I am an artist of life and art, which are both synonymous. How I live my life is how I live my art… and I enjoy them both together.”
Tutored by legendary greats Joe Morello, Jim Chapin, Al Miller, Charlie Perry, Colin Bailey, Shelly Manne, Papa Jo Jones and Ronnie Benedict, Dom combines the masterful techniques of the past with the parameter-pushing concepts of today’s music for a highly creative and uniquely personal style of drumming. With hands powered by the famous Moeller technique and feet dancing through high-speed double-pedal bass drumming patterns he delivers performances that dip and dive through dynamics and styles with energy and ease.
Students regularly fly in from around the globe for intensive study with Dom…currently teaching over 1,000 students from over 20 countries at his WizDOM Drumshed studio in NY.
Master of Moeller Technique
Virtuosic improviser with masterful coordination
Educator on Open Minded Drum Camp since 2017
The Wise mentor | Yoda | of Open Minded Drumming
One of the best educators in the world, he has been teaching in Germany, England, USA, Austria, Portugal, South Korea, Iran, Croatia, Norway, France, Romania, Spain, Australia and China. During that time, he has taught many professional drummers, including Anika Nilles. Creator of a comprehensive drum teaching program, Claus has published a series of educational books and DVDs, which are an endless source of knowledge about technique, coordination, and musical expression. He has shared the stage with many great drummers, including Steve Smith, Alex Acuna, Walfredo Reyes Jr., JoJo Mayer, Johnny Rabb, and Luis Conte.
“I don’t know anybody who has been closer to Moeller’s technique than Claus Hessler.”
In 2016 he was the guest of the most popular drum portal in the world – drumeo, where he recorded an excellent masterclass about Swiss and collapsed rudiments.
Claus is not only a great teacher, with many successes on his account!
First and foremost, he is a virtuosic improviser and his hand and feet coordination is masterly. He is able to perform complicated ostinatos, while perfectly executing Moeller’s technique. His ease and independence are remarkable.
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Successful drummer, composer, and educator
YouTube drummer with over 20 million views on her videos
In Open Minded Drumming family since 2020
Claus Hessler’s student
Anika debuted online 2013 on her youtube channel. Her music can be classified as a progressive pop, but the most important element in her music is always “the groove”! Anika’s playing style is distinguished by her finesse in technique and her unique sound. This was well received with her world tour in 2015 as she travelled trough Europe, USA and China to share her music with the world.
Well known in the drum community Anika won the Modern Drummer Readers Poll for up and coming Artist as well as #1 rising star in “DRUM!” Magazine in 2015 and 2016.
During the same year, Anika and her trusted producer Joachim Schneiss put a lot of passion into producing her debut album called PIKALAR. The fruit of this journey is a 10 track instrumental album. Together with Anika on drums PIKALAR also features the talents of many great musicians, each bringing and adding a unique flavour to the album.
In 2020 Anika Nilles and Nevell are back again with a brand new 10-track album titled „for a colorful soul“. Staying true to the unique sound they established with their previous songs, their work remains bigger than the proverbial “box” and can only be categorised as being in a class of its own.
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Founder and CEO of Open-Minded Drumming
Student of Claus Hessler
Session musician who’s traveling the world playing the drums
Innovator who stands for high quality education
Szymon has been playing drums over twenty years. His biggest asset is stylistic versatility and sight-reading skills. In the past few years, he has played several hundred shows based on avista sight-reading.
Szymon has studied his craft with jazz studies at Middlesex University in London and at Berklee College of Music (Summer Program). He studied with drummers like Gene Calderazzo (USA), Harry Tanschek (AUT), and in the past three years he has continued to learn and grow with the help of Claus Hessler.
In 2014, Szymon received a Berklee World Tour Scholarship to the value of $20,000.
Szymon is very passionate about teaching and sharing his knowledge with others.