Haindling is a Bavarian cult band, founded in 1982 by Hans-Jürgen Buchner. The band specializes in Bavarian world music, a mixture of all kinds of different musical styles such as pop, rock, folk, ambient, jazz and classical music. Most of the songs are written in Bavarian language, and Haindling is famous for instrumentals and film scores composed by Hans-Jürgen Buchner. The name of the band derives from the small village Haindling within the town of Geiselhöring in Lower Bavaria where Hans-Jürgen Buchner resides in an old inn.
Haindling has composed music for television series and theatrical movies, including Irgendwie und Sowieso, "Zur Freiheit", "Cafe Meineid", "Der Kaiser von Schexing", "Der Schandfleck", "Bavaria", "Margarete Steiff", among others.
The group's members include Hans-Jürgen Buchner (founder, composer, songwriter, sax, trumpet, keyboards, guitar, percussion, vocals), Michael Braun (sax, trumpet, tp, mellophone, keyboards, percussion, vocals), Peter Enderlein (drums, percussion), Wolfgang Gleixner (bass, percussion, vocals), Reinhold Hoffmann (keyboards, sax, oboe, mellophone, vocals), and Michael Ruff (keyboards). All band members are multi-instrumentalists, playing a variety of different instruments in concert. The band primarily tours German-speaking territories, but has also played in North America, China and South Africa. As to its universal sound and rich blend of musical styles, Haindling has been called the musical ambassadors of Bavaria, and the musical example for "laptop and lederhosen".
In recent years, their song "Bayern (des samma mia)" gained popularity in Bavaria—most notably due to a YouTube video which features the band Rammstein wearing Lederhosen and apparently lip-syncing the song—and is now being played at nearly every beer festival in Bavaria.
A 2014 documentary film by director Toni Schmid, "Haindling - und überhaupts...", chronicles Buchner's journey from ceramic artist to composer and musician, and includes both archival and new performance footage.