Born and raised in the Los Angeles area, Van der Wyk has spent almost all of his life in California. "My first job was when I was 16," he recalls. "I was the timpanist in the Pasadena Symphony. TO READ THE FULL STORY: Subscribe NowLOG IN Read this article +get instant access TO 45 YEARSof Modern Drummer issues WITH A DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION for just $4.99 month with no contract! Love the printed mag? Click here.