|Born on: 25.06.1971
Aquiles Priester is the drummer and founder for the Brazilian heavy metal band Hangar. He was also drummer for Angra until 2009. In 2006 he participated in Fábio Laguna's Freakeys project.
Aquiles Priester was born in Otjo, South Africa. His first exposure to the instrument was at age four, while watching a jazz ensemble perform on television.
Aquiles had moved to Brazil in 1977, and played professional soccer until 1985. In 1985 he attented the "Rock in Rio" festival, and decided to become a drummer. Although he began playing on cans, he had assembled a set consisting of a snare, tom (which he had borrowed from his school), bassdrum, hihat, and a cymbal which hung from his roof. He was strongly inspired by Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden). A local television band named "The Tropical Band", had seen him play, and invited him to play a couple of songs. Later a band by the name of "Stylo Livre" (free style) had seen him play and recruited him. He would have struggled for years to come, but he'd find success with metal outfits throughout Brazil.
Aquiles endorses: Paiste, Mapex, Evans (as of 2006), C.Ibanez (sticks), Audio-Technica, Staff Drum, Santo Angelo, Urban Boards, and Ciclotron.