about Max

Max has got some of the greatest techniques I ever saw.

Jim CHAPIN, Drum Legend

Max Klots is a perfect example of a musician who has studied the concepts and techniques of the drummers that have come before him. He has put in hours of practice, gained insight through his playing and teaching and in the process has synthesized a modern style that is grooving, fluid and exciting! 

Steve SMITH (Journey, Vital Information)

Max is pushing students to be creative with the rudiments and not just simply has them play through a list of patterns; also love his hints towards "open" interpretation. Max really knows his craft!

Claus HESSLER, Educator/Author/Clinician

I know Max as a musician of perfect taste, great sound and feel, and impressive technique. He’s also a great teacher who really knows what matters in music and can show how to develop all the skills necessary to achieve it.

René CREEMERS (The Drumbassadors)

Max’s instructional materials are wonderful and his drumming skills, especially his Rudimental drumming skills, are superb! His hand positions and style are such, that it looks like he has played in American Drum Corps for most of his life!

Mark BEECHER, N.A.R.D. President

Max’s playing is superb: effortless, musical, smooth with a very balanced motion—and possessing a deep groove.

Peter MAGADINI, Author/Educator

Max is the next generation of drummers who understands all the aspects of modern drum set. His hands and feet have excellent fluid movement, he plays with musical maturity and has complete control of the instrument… Very inspiring!

Dom FAMULARO, Drumming’s Global Ambassador

Max is a true professional, his attention to many important areas of drumming is covered with a good sense of depth and clarity.

Bruce BECKER, LA Master Teacher

Max was one of the pioneers in Russia that promoted rudiments as a training and learning tool.

Rick BECKHAM, 4 time DCA snare drum champion

about Max's books

“Thе 26” book is a fundamental tool in understanding the universal language of drumming—I refer to it all the time with my students! This book will be around forever… the value only increases with time!

Dom FAMULARO, Drumming’s Global Ambassador

“Thе 26” book presents classic rudimental pieces in a clear and precise way. It is a great addition to the librabry of anyone who is serious about rudiments and the art of drumming!

Claus HESSLER, Educator/Author/Clinician

Max has written two very good books—excellent books, and they are equal of anything that you’ve seen from the West that you can’t read—you can read his books

Jim CHAPIN, Drum Legend


A clear, complete, authoritative and well transcribed look at the backbone of drumming.

Bill BRUFORD (Yes, King Crimson, Earthworks)

I use Max’s “The 26” snare drum book when working on technique with my students, and I find it very helpful. It is clear, informative and user-friendly—I can really recommend this book.

René CREEMERS (The Drumbassadors)

about Max's DVDs

I highly recommend Max’s instructional materials to anyone serious about drumming. He is an inspirational drummer with grooves and ideas to spare, and an expert teacher who exemplifies perfect grip, body posture and beautiful strokes which are to be studied.

A lot to learn about modern drumming concepts and ways to study.

Max Klots & Paradigma is a terrific DVD, both for the drums and the “jazz fusion” playing! The band plays so effortlessly and with so much command of their instruments, the grooves are deep and happening, and the songwriting is excellent… This DVD hits the all marks for musicianship!

Peter MAGADINI, Author/Educator

I have seen Max in action on stage live and was very impressed with his first class musicianship. His drumming was inspiring and he shared his ideas with deep passion! Now we have Max on DVD to watch over and over again to continue to learn and be inspired! Listen and watch as Max takes you on a journey of technique, musicianship and pure fun! Max is excellent!

Dom FAMULARO, Drumming’s Global Ambassador



Thu, June 13 | 7:30pm | JFC Jazz Club | Max with The Roundangle


Wen, May 22 | 7pm | Jazz Boat | Max with Valery Nagorny Quartet


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