Oak Tree – Die Studiker

19. August 2014

My father Jaroslav Berka playing the drums for Die Studiker…


My father on TV in 1971

3. September 2013

Jaroslav Berka playing the drums for Die Studiker…


My Father on German TV in 1976

23. August 2010

I just found a clip of my father on Youtube.

Jaroslav Berka was the drummer of German Showband Die Studiker from 1971 to 1978.

In the mid-70s they released two LPs on Warner Bros as Die goldene 11, playing German hits from the 20s and 30s.

This is a TV-appearance on Radio Bremen’s show Musikladen, which was the successor of the famous Beat Club -show.

Apart from my father there were a couple more Czechs in the band – two Rudis (one on violin, and one playing the sax and clarinet, with the glasses and dark hair) and one Pavel (the tuba player/bassist).

The singer in this bit was the band’s leader Nico von Uslar.


My Father Jaroslav: the Missing Link

29. Dezember 2008

I caught the music bug off my father Jaroslav, who was a drummer.

He started off in (what was then) Czechoslovakia in the Sixties. Jaro emmigrated to the West in 1969, while he was playing the Jazz Clubs and US Army Bases in Austria, Switzerland and southern Germany with Prague’s Reduta Jazz Revival Band.

In the Seventies my father was with one of Germany’s best showbands Die Studiker.

Sadly, my parents divorced in the late Seventies, and Jaro left Germany for Australia. I haven’t heard from him since…

Here are two pictures from the mid-Seventies. In the promo-picture you can spot Jaroslav in the second row (fourth from left overall). Behind his right shoulder (the guy in the last row at the far left) is organist Werner Becker, known to many in Germany as the easy-listening band-leader Anthony Ventura.

jaroslav-berka-1studiker-1974

That’s what Anthony Ventura looked like on his records:

anthony-ventura

A big thank you to my uncle Karel for tracking me down, and to my uncle Pavel for providing me with the old photos of Jaro.