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May 11, 1970 |
Butler, New Jersey, USA
|Genres||Progressive metal, progressive rock, rock|
|Instruments||keyboards, guitar, bass, drums, vocals|
|Labels||Inside Out, Magna Carta|
|Associated acts||Shadow Gallery, Amaran's Plight, The MayBabies, JR Trio, MullMuzzler, Ayreon, Amaran’s Plight, Roswell Six, Explorers Club, Warlord, Redemption, Outside the Wall|
|Website||Shadow Gallery Official site|
Gary made his foray into music as a self-taught drummer and vocalist at the age of ten. He took up guitar and bass in his teens and performed in various bands for local dances and private parties. He began performing regularly as a drummer with the band Blak Sox in 1981, playing covers and originals at numerous camps in New Jersey.
At age 18, Gary won a piano and found himself improvising for hours each day, crafting his talent of composing music. Since then he has only worked as a full-time musician. Gary performed in many New Jersey and Pennsylvania bands playing originals and covers. In 1992, Gary toured the U.S. playing shows to audiences of 40,000+ fans with the band, The Boxtops.
He also manages the day-to-day affairs for Shadow Gallery through their publishing company, ROOM V MUSIC.
Shadow Gallery has released seven albums worldwide through Magna Carta Records (until 2003) and Inside Out. The band has been noted as one of the most important and innovative progressive metal bands to come out in the last decade.
“Shadow Gallery is a band with an extremely loyal fanbase, an irrefutable integrity, and a unique sound that will doubtlessly guarantee its continued existence for years to come.” 
Gary has been a musician, composer, producer, or engineer on over fifty albums throughout the past three decades. Some of these most notable projects are:
Gary wrote an original score for the Steve Coombs film, “A Walk in the Park”, which premiered in NYC on June 11, 2001. The same year, Gary was involved in a project called Sounds like Christmas, that featured artists such as John Wetton (King Crimson), Steve Walsh (Kansas), and Trent Gardner (Magellan).
Gary has been a guest keyboardist or guitarist on three Arjen Lucassen albums: Ayreon - Flight of the Migrator (2000), Ayreon - Ayreonauts Only (2000), Star One - Space Metal (2002). He also provided his engineer skills for the Ayreon Human Equation album (2007).
“Because I thought he was funny I decided to allow him to play a solo on 'Flight of the Migrator'. The joke was on me then... it was one of the best solos I had ever heard; a combination of playfulness (Steve Vai), virtuosity (Edward van Halen) and speed (Yngwie Malmsteen) and still with a completely recognizable own sound. It goes without saying that I worked with Gary again on the Star One album 'Space Metal', especially because he had to play a duel with the fastest keyboard player of the world Jens Johansson (the outcome is undecided). That solo is the reason I never dared play the song 'Master of Darkness' live...” – Arjen Lucassen 
During his past and present tenures with Lucassen he has received the rather affectionate nickname of "Garyeon".
In 2005, Gary was involved in Prog-Aid, a charity release by various artists from the Progressive Rock world to raise funds for the survivors of the Asian Tsunami disaster.
In 2007, Gary joined a super group of musicians (Kurt Barabas, Nick D'Virgilio and D.C. Cooper) under the name Amaran's Plight to create the album Voice in the Light. The concept of the album is a look at one man’s search for answers following a near death experience. Along with providing the guitar and keyboard work on the album, Gary also acted as composer, producer and recording engineer for this album. The album made various Top 2007 album lists, including #3 on the online site USA Progressive Music  and staff top 2007 picks on the Sea of Tranquility website.
In 2008, Gary was a guest musician on Srdjan Brankovic’s Expedition Delta music project. That same year along with progressive music publicist Jill Hughes, and Pocono-area businessman Brian Schmidt and musician Kristi Bronico, Gary formed the charity group The Wishmakers whose slogan is, “Musicians making a difference...harnessing the power of music and art to foster the spirit of giving.” He produced the single “Christmastime in the Poconos” which successfully raised money for the Christmas Fund for local children in need.
In 2009, Gary was a guest guitarist on the album based on International bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson’s book “Terra Incognita: Beyond the Horizon”, under the band name Roswell Six. It also featured other guest musicians such as John Payne (Asia), Erik Norlander (Asia Featuring, Rocket Scientists), and Lana Lane.
Gary currently performs live on bass, guitar, keyboards and vocals with Pocono-area cover bands JR Trio, fronted by Jim Roberti, and The Maybabies. These bands have played regularly over 100 shows per year over the past decade, performing at venues such as Highline Ballroom, Central Park Boathouse, The Red Lion, The Players Club, The Ritz-Carlton, The Waldorf-Astoria (NYC), and Giants Stadium Tailgate events (East Rutherford, NJ). “With more than 8,000 collective shows between them, the MAYBABIES have all the experience to deliver a professional and entertaining show where their evolving set-list includes music from all eras, suitable for the crowd in front of them.” 
He also is one of the owners of Wasabi Brothers Management, which books artists and sets up publishing and licensing contracts for clients.
In March, 2014 US Epic Metal Legends Warlord announced that Gary will be taking the place of Philip Bynoe as Bassist for their 2014 European tour.
Gary notes that his personal music influences are Pink Floyd, Rush, Yes, Kansas, Van Halen, and Queen. He also draws inspiration from guitar virtuosos such as Yngwie Malmsteen, Eddie Van Halen, Chris Alia and Steve Vai.
Gary currently lives in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania with his wife and son. He owns New Horizon Music Studios, where he works as a producer, studio musician, engineer and teacher (drums, bass, guitar and piano and recording concepts).
On November 29, 2015, the Wehrkamp family home, along with Gary's recording studio and equipment, was destroyed by a fire. The following day, Shadow Gallery shared a link to their official Facebook page urging fans of the band to donate money to nonprofit organization Mady's Angels in support for the family's recovery. On December 26, benefit concert was held at Sherman Theater, hosted by benefit group the Wishmakers. As of a March 2, 2016 post, the family has been on a path to recovery.
With Shadow Gallery
- Carved in Stone (1995)
- Tyranny (1998)
- Legacy (2001)
- Room V (2005)
- Prime Cuts (2007)
- Digital Ghosts (2009)
As a Composer
- James Labrie’s MullMuzzler - Keep It to Yourself (1999)
- James Labrie’s MullMuzzler -MullMuzzler 2 (2001)
- "Interview with Gary Wehrkamp".
- "Interview with Gary Wehrkamp".
- "Ayreon artists - Gary Wehrkamp".
- "USA Progressive Music Top 2007 Albums".
- "Sea of Tranquility Top 2007 Staff Picks".
- Alan Verone, MayBabies Bio, 2007
- "Interview with Gary Wehrkamp".
- "Dear SG family".
- "Dear Sg Family, Friends, and Fans".
- "A Home for the Holidays Benefit Concert".
- "The Wehrkamp's are bouncing back".