Wolfgang was born on June 30, 1944 in Weidenau / Sieg, Germany. He studied percussion with E. Vedder and later with Walter Liephold, solo timpanist of the Gürzenich-Orchestra, Cologne. From 1965 to 1988 he was the lead drummer in the German Army Band 100 Munster. Afterwards he taught at the AusbMusKorps.Bw (Central School of Military Music) in Hilden for eight years.
Wolfgang's technical and musical abilities attracted the attention of SONOR, where he
worked for almost 18 years as a consultant and product manager for Marching & Concert
Percussion. In 1995 he moved to Pearl and took care of the orchestral section of the
SABIAN Cymbal lines. He arranged numerous cymbal workshops, which was an innovation in
Germany and attested to his specialty in the field of Sabian Cymbals. From 2004 to 2010
he worked at Yamaha Europe as a product specialist in drums.
Starting on July 1st, 2011 Wolfgang Basler has served the customers and dealers of Majestic Holland in Germany and is responsible for sales in Germany.
In addition to his extensive work experience, from 1978 to 1995 Wolfgang was a Lecturer of the International Society for Music Education Training (IGMF) and teacher of percussion at the Westphalian School of Music in Münster and at the music school Ludinghausen until. Also during that time, Wolfgang wrote two educational books for drums and several drum compositions. A new edition of the first book in a revised form was released in 2008 and the second book will be revised in 2012 by R & B Music.
Wolfgang is a founding member of the German Association for Percussionists "Percussion Creativ e.V."
Wolfgang's other credits include: Lecturer at the Academy in Trossingen (teachers - association of German Music Schools). Same activities in Austria and Hungary. In numerous national academies Wolfgang Basler taught over 35 years drummers from the German Associations of Music Bands. He has also served as an Adjudicator at competitions of the German Music Council.
Wolfgang has collaborated intensively with many percussionists such as Joachim Sponsel, Prof. Udo Dahmen, Prof. Jose J. Cortijo, Prof. Harry Lane, Speri Karas, Alfons Grieder, Prof. Bent Lyloff, Claus Hessler, Andrea Schneider, Wolfgang Schneider, Rob Carson, Robert Brenner Jörg Lesch, Gereon Hohmann, Marcel Bach, Martin Hohmann, Dirik Schilgen, Holger Hälbig and Holger Mueller.