Biography of Ruben van der Kleij

Multi-instrumentalist Ruben always wanted to play the trumpet. This is why he started playing at a local Marching band (Drumfanfare Haaglanden Pijnacker). After high school, he studied at the conservatory of Haarlem and got the degree Bachelor of arts; Pop/session musician Trumpet in June 2016. His trumpet teachers were Jan van Duikeren and Rob Balfoort. Ruben got the opportunity (during his study) to perform with national and international celebraties like Roel van Velzen, Waylon, Henk Westbroek, Ntjam Rosie, Benjamin Herman, Ronald Snijders, Poogie Bell, Philip Lassiter, Jens Kluver and Berget Lewis. 

He is also a music teacher at Moz-Art Nieuwerkerk aan den Ijsel, where he teaches various copper instruments like the trumpet, French horn and trombone and also guitar and ukelele to both children and adults.

In the weekends and evenings, Ruben plays in a lot of fixed bands, sometimes as substitute or for a period of a few weeks/months. Because of the diversity of his education and his previous experciences, Ruben plays in a lot of styles. He’s often asked to participate in a bigband, a classical ensemble or a DJ-gig but his focus lies mostly in the (pop)-band scene. A few examples of the bands Ruben plays in: 'Son de Aqui, Last Decade and Plunck'. You can read more about his bands under the header Bands and projects.

Besides teaching and performing, Ruben also does a lot of recordings. Together with saxophone player and girlfriend Fenna Volmer, Ruben records complete horn sections and even bigbands, at home or in the studio.

Ruben plays an Adams A4 and A5 Trumpet.


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