Zan Kriegler Joins SA Drummer Academy

We are excited to announce that we have opened a new drum lesson studio at the Oosthavens Music store in Pretoria. This studio will be headed by the mighty Zan Kriegler, who has been the drummer for Multi-Platinum selling artist Jo Black for the past few years. After a crazy time touring all over the country, Zan has decided to give back to the drumming community. Read his full story below.

My name is Zan Kriegler, and I am a pro drummer, well known for being the drummer for Multi-Platinum artist, Jo Black. It has been such a great experience playing for a well-known artist such as Jo Black. I have been on the road for the last three odd years, playing shows night after night. It is every session drummer’s dream! I have been blessed.

Like I said, I have been around the last couple of years living my best life! One of the many things I have noticed is that I want to give back…Let me start at the beginning…

I started playing drums at the age of nine, and ever since that day; I have always wanted to play drums for a living. Most people, including a lot of my family members, told me that it seems almost impossible. I never gave up on the idea of me doing what I really love for a living. Society always gave me the idea that I have to do something I hate for 80% of my life, so I can enjoy the 20% that’s left. I didn’t want to do that. And, with all odds against me, here I am busy telling you that it’s possible.

From me wanting to play big Arena shows and touring most of my time, it changed to me actually wanting to help people experience that incredible journey I had experienced, and me being more settled and giving back. That is a big reason for me getting into the education side of things more these days. I want people to pursue what they want. I want people to live. If you want to do an advanced driving course… Do it! If you want to take a 3-week chef course, do it! Live! That is what is important to me in life.

That made me think a lot about how I can give back, how I can use what I have to give other people life experiences, and finding themselves. The only way I can think of giving people this piece of me is through teaching what I know best. I live through drums. I want to give someone that experience and blessing. I want people to find a calling, purpose, a hobby, a reason to push themselves…

I have this tool I call drumming. It might be your full-time career. It might only help you get some perspective in life. It might only help you 30min a week to stop stressing about life. I can go on and on… Point is. Drumming can help in any way because it’s not just drumming. It’s getting you involved in a whole new world, and you can decide what that has to be for you.

“From me wanting to play big Arena shows and touring most of my time, it changed to me actually wanting to help people experience that incredible journey I had experienced”

– Zan Kriegler

I am so privileged to be able to start this new journey at Oosthavens Music in Faerie glen with SA Drummer Academy, giving anyone who wants to begin drumming the best experience, with the best support money can buy. That is me wanting to give back. That is me living my best life from big shows to giving you the opportunity to do what you want to do with your drumming. I am exactly where I want to be!

You don’t have to drum. But you have to try something new. Might as well be a drummer. But whatever you choose, make it happen.

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