Marcel van Weerdenburg studied at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, 1981 until 1986.
His big influence on the conservatory was Jan Labordus.
Labordus was his teacher for four years on timpany and at that time member and first solo timpani player of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.
In October 1983 Marcel played in an improvised battle of the drums during a workshop given by double bass drum pioneer Louie Bellson
One year later he won the REMO Scholarship, then left to spend some time in the United States.
Towards the end of the ’80s he received a permanent appointment at the Talkin’ drum school in London, where he assisted during lessons by
John Shearer one of England’s best-known rock drummers in the field of double bass drum.
In the ’90s he spent developing and advancing double pedal technique for bass drum and pencilled his findings in his book
“Speed Is Of No Concern” double pedal coordination exercises.