Bernhard Wimmer

Bernhard Wimmer

Bernhard joined the band in 2002 for the Egypt and West Africa tour. He plays the drums while the previous drummer, Bernd Bechtloff, now devotes himself to percussion.

Bernhard was born on 5th September 1971 and lives in Graz. He began to play the drums at the age of 10. When he was 22 years old, Bernhard spent several months in South America, where he worked with the many styles and rhythms of Latin American music. As well as this, Bernhard studied jazz at the Musikhochschule in Graz, where he was taught by Alex Deutsch.

In 1994, Bernhard had success with his own band, Sonic Temple. He won the Styrian NZ band competition and concerts followed all over Austria and even in London. Sonic Temple were also support for names like Bob Dylan and 4 Non Blondes.

Bernhard has also worked with the Styrian Solar Big Band in Eggersdorf, Kurt Gersdorf Quartet, The Quart Artet, Montevideo, Der Berg and more recently has worked as a musician in the theatre in Graz for the productions of Piaf (2000/01) and Im weissen Rössl (2001/02). At the end of 2001, Gerhard Überbacher, Josef Kapfenberger and Bernhard Wimmer founded a new band called G.B.J.

For several years now, Bernhard has worked as a drum teacher in a number of music schools. In 2002 he began teaching drums for jazz and popular music at the music school in Ilz.