Hans was born in the Netherlands in 1965. He started playing drums at the age of seven. After graduating from high school, he was immediately admitted to the Jazz Department of the Rotterdam Conservatory. Even before finishing his studies, he was offered a position as a drum teacher at the Rotterdam Conservatory, a position today he still holds since 1987. He also currently teaches at Fontys in Tilburg. Over the years, Hans has established himself as one of the much sought after drummers in Europe. He has been performing with Toots Thielemans, Philip Catherine, Ralph Moore, Mark Murphy, Spike Robinson, and many more.