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biography Roland was born in 1967 und starts to play percussion at the age of 10.


He takes classes in classical percussion and drums with Josef Offelder and Richard Herten at the municipal music school in Dueren from 1978 to 1986.


During this period he participates and wins the german national music award

„Jugend musiziert“ several times and becomes member of the national youth symphony orchestra „BJO“ undertaking recordings and tours in Germany, Spain and Israel.


He also starts studying latinamerican and brasilian percussion on his own and joins the state youth jazz orchestra of Nordrheinwestfalen „LJJO NRW“ touring the US and recording their album „Back from the States“.


As drummer and percussionist of the YAMAHA Big Band in Hamburg he meets german bigbandleader Peter Herbolzheimer and becomes first percussionist of the „German Jazz Orchestra“ (BuJazzO“.


He studies jazzdrums and percussion at the State College of Music in Cologne with Michael Küttner between1988 and 1993.

Additionally he takes private lessons with Freddie Santiago (Puerto Rico), Martin Verdonk (Curacao), Gumbi Ortiz (USA), Jose Luis „Changuito“ Quintana (Cuba) and attends Workshops with Birger Sulsbrück and Alex Acuna.


He also undertakes intensive studies in Cuba throughout several years.

Since 1988 he lives in Cologne, Germany and works with numerous local bands as well as nationally and internationally known artists.

His interest in any musical genre, musical flexibility, great enthusiasm and professionality are his trademarks and have lead him to be one of the most soughtafter percussionists in Europe.

Among others Roland played concerts and tours with:

National Youth Symphony Orchestra (BJO), National Youth Jazz Orchestra(BuJazzO), Peter Alexander & Paul Kuhn Orchester, Die Fantastischen Vier, Peter Herbolzheimers RC&B, Sasha, WDR Bigband, Köln, Orange Blue, Klaus Doldingers Passport, Grooveminister, Charlie Mariano, Oceana feat. Kim (Echt ), Chaka Khan, Nana & the Booya Family, Pointer Sisters, Andres Ballinas, Witzels Venue, De Bläck Fööss, Titz, Mousse T., Randy Brecker, Wolf Maahn, Peter Fessler, Udo Schild aka Leon Delray, Scetches, No Angels , Joe Sample, Juliette, Eda Zari, Gregorian, Christina Lux, Sarah Brightman, Ike Stubblefield, Sabine Hettlich, Bobby Carcasses & Afrojazz, HR Bigband, RawArtisticSoul, Jane Bunnett &Spirits of Havanna, Carlos Robalo & friends

As guest he took part in productions with:

Nazareth, Hazel O‘Connor, Philipp Boa, Liquido, Vicky Leandros, Jack Radics, Thomas D., Turntablerocker, Keimzeit, Guano Apes, Juli and many others.

Appearances in german TV Shows as RTL Samstagnacht, TV Total or the Harald Schmidt Show, DsDS (german Pop Idol), at corporate events with the „Cologne Trash Drummers“ or club events such as Mojo Club, Vinyl Vibes or NOH Club belong as well to his activities as his own Project Rolands Rumba.

on tour:


„Sinnflut“-Tour with german rap artist Curse

„Gregorian“ European Tour and live DVD

"Just for Fun"-Tour with Peter Maffay

"Oceana"-Tour with Till Brönner & Band


„The Dark Side“ european tour with Gregorian

(live DVD “live in Prague“)

„Viel unterwegs“ tour and festivals with

Die Fantastischen Vier

„One night in . . .“tour with Till Brönner & Quartett (also live DVD)


„Harem“ world tour with Sarah Brightman,

touring the US, Canada. Asia, Australia and Europe.

(live DVD „live from Las Vegas)

„Viel unterwegs“ tour with Die Fantastischen Vier in Germany, Austria, Switzerland.(live DVD „Viel Live“)

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