Ancel got his first snare drum from his father who was a conductor and was immediately obsessed with the instrument. He took lessons at the music school in Winschoten, The Netherlands. from age 11 and studied classical percussion and drums at the Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen (1993). Continued studying at the Drummers Collective in New York (1994) with Adam Nussbaum, Kim Plainfield and Zach Danziger, among others. His focus on drum education led to private lessons in 2011 with John Riley, Bob Moses, Yoron Israel, Bob Gulotti, Leroy Clouden, Jim Payne and Nasheet Waitsin NY and Boston. Ancel has played professional since the age of 17 playing operettas. He played rock with Weekend at Waikiki, rhythm and blues with Jumping the Blues and musicals like Chicago, 42nd Street and Annie. Nowadays he plays modern creative jazz with Klatwerk3 and recorded 6 CDs. After 25 years of teaching Ancel wrote (with co-writer Peter Deiman) the Drum Grillbook. Peter Erskine; "A brilliant method", with a foreword of Dom Famularo: "Be prepared to be challenged and get ready to grow!".
Most memorable Next-Level PerformanceCD presentation Klatwerk3 Oosterpoort theater Groningen
What Drives Your Creativity?Other drummers inspiration and creativity, like Peter Erskine, Paul Motian and Joey Baron. Challenge to discover our own style.
Why do you choose Vic Firth?VF stick and brushes fit perfect to my hands and fingers, and are always well balanced.