About Me

About me

I am a Tokyo-based drummer and music educator from Germany, living in Japan since 2009.

After being a flourishing member of the German jazz scene for many years, I currently reside in the Tokyo area performing with a variety of national and international acts as a freelance musician. I am also a dedicated music educator, presently teaching in the Jazz Department at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music and giving private drum lessons to students of all kinds. 

As a performer I have worked in a variety of situations, including concerts, tours and recording sessions in Europe, the USA and Asia, and with venues ranging from the tiniest Tokyo Jazz Clubs to big outdoor festivals and arenas.
Artists I have worked with include Makoto Ozone, Branford Marsalis, Sadao Watanabe, Seiko Matsuda, Lisa Ono, Dan Nimmer, Sarah McKenzie, Tomonao Hara, Seiichi Nakamura, Jun Abe, Kengo Nakamura, Kanji Ishimaru, Junko Moriya, Julian & Roman Wasserfuhr, Martin Sasse, Michel Reis and Mike Tucker besides many others.
I have also appeared on japanese TV in music shows, commercials, and was portrayed in a NHK show.

I studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA from 2001 until 2004. 

I am an endorser for Canopus Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, and Regal Tip Sticks & Brushes.


Canopus・Zildjan・Regal Tip のエンドーザー。

Dennis Frehse holding a cymbal in front of a black background.