I was born in 1960.
In 1986 I was lucky enough to met my wife Doris.
I studied Jazz Drumming at the HfMT Cologne from 1984 – 1987,
since then I am working as…
I am leading an organizing the Thomas Arens Combo since 1992. Every Carnival Season we perform approximately 50 shows. I am organizing up to five casts for one day. Since 1999 I am developing Shows for the customers of Lifta Treppenlifte. I am now preparing our 8. Show. The Thomas Arens Combo delivered more than 150 performances for Lifta in the past 20 years all with comedy elements and set singing.
…mostly for weddings, birthday and company parties. I use state-of-the-art equipment and I can handle it. Since 2013 regulary.
… a composer
Although I began studying music only at the age of 14 I started composing right away. I founded bands and composed for them. I assisted Wolfgang Hamm in a major film music project in 1988. Since 2017 I concentrate again more on composing – a necessary step for me to achieve a better balance in life.
…a textbook author
I published two books with Leu Verlag: Zahl und Rhythmik in 2000– a book on rhythm theory and Erste Übungen für Drum-Set Anfänger in 2004 – a book for drum set beginners.
…a drum teacher
From 1985 on I am teaching hundreds of drum students in private lessons and for music schools. I founded several student drum bands and thus I developed my special drum teaching and exercising ideas.
Since 1999 the Thomas Arens Combo is developing shows for the customers of Lifta. Part of this shows is always my presentation of the songs with a lot of comedy elements in it. In addition to that I worked as a stand up comedian (several short performances in the theaters around cologne).