Bernie Pernot
Bob's Brother's Band

Bernie and Paul combine to give us nearly unlimited instumental options.  One may be playing a classic piano or organ part will the other adds horns, strings, pedal steel, or other parts.  So cool!   

 

Role in the Band

Keyboards with some lead and back-up vocals.  Always enjoy helping out when I can

 

Bio

It’s my mom and dad’s fault….My dad played drums when he was little and played for about 40

years. Both my parents encouraged me to play something…. I tried the drums – not for me…

bass – nope…. guitar – not really feeling it….My dad played in a wedding group with an

accordion player… this is where it starts. Took accordion lessons for a few years, but that

wasn’t working long term…. I bought a Moog/Cordovox combo organ and switched to that. Then

saved up and bought a Mark II Rhodes, took some piano lessons and my band journey began.

 

I was playing in northeast PA in a wedding party group from 15yrs old until I graduated from Penn

State with my tech degree. I moved to Rochester, got married, had children, back in school at

night, and played in a local wedding party group for a few years until something had to go –

music…. At least on hold.

 

Fast forward a few years…A few folks at church wanted to start a worship group in about 2006. I

was asked to play. The timing was right. Through the drummer in our church group, I met Dan

Winslow and we started a jazz project which was challenging and fun. Played for a few years….

needed a drummer… added Steve Harrison… and in the meantime, BBB needed a sub from

time to time….Well, that is how I became a member of the family…Thanks for the opportunities,

Paul…… lots of fun.

 

Main Influences

My heroes……. Tony Banks (Genesis) and David Benoit…. These guys are amazing.

Also love the influences of the Doobie Brothers, Supertramp, Rush, Genesis (of course), Steve

Hackett, Yes, Asia, Billy Joel, Boston, The Cars, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, Journey, Styx,

Steve Winwood and Earth Wind & Fire.

 

Favorite Songs the Band Plays

Set Fire to the Rain….. Great opportunity to share the piano and strings…

Uptown Funk…. I get to use my synths and horns

Chicago tunes….Just fun to play

Free/Into the Mystic….. Violin opportunities

Lowdown…. Always loved this song….. wore out 2 records when I was a kid

 

Favorite Things About Playing in Bob’s Brother’s Band

I am blessed to have met such a great group of musicians and at the same time making great

music together.

 

Favorite Gear

I have a Nord Stage 2 – HA88, Yamaha XS8, and its little brother the XS6 (much easier on the

back). I really enjoy the ease of changing voices on the Nord. Some of my favorite voices on the

Nord include the piano, mellotron voices, synth options, easy effects that can applied to many

voices and the B3 with a leslie effect.

 

The Yamaha boards have the nicest strings, pretty decent horns (can’t replace the real thing)

and excellent vintage keyboard sounds. Rhodes, Wurlitzer, DX, C2, lush synths, Moog,

Oberheim, and the ability to layer 4 voices and control volumes on the fly… complete  with 

beautiful expressions on the voices

Bob's Brother's Band
About the Band 
John Barrett
Dave Sharman
Gerry Paganin
Paul Phillips
Dan Winslow
Tim Hayes
Adrianna Noone
Alan "Durf" Durfee
Steve Harrison

Russ Flint

Bernie Pernot

Don Loy
Bill Christiano
Beth Ippolito