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Wayne Dillon holds a Masters degree in Jazz performance from The University of Miami (Fl.). Wayne completed both his Honors Fine Arts and Education degrees from York University in Toronto Canada. Wayne is currently the Director of Bands at the Upper Academy High School in Elizabeth N.J. His teaching responsibilities include Music Technology, along with Jazz, Symphonic and Marching Band. The Elizabeth HS Symphonic and Jazz bands have consistently earned superior ratings during Wayneâ€™s tenure, and the Marching Band was awarded three consecutive State Championships from 2005-2007. In 2011,2012 and 2013 the marching band was named USSBA State and National Champions in group VA. Wayne is an active adjudicator for Drum Corps International, and Bands of America. He has judged the prestigious National championships for both organizations over the past twenty years. He is currently a judge liaison for DCI, responsible for judge assignments. Wayne has served as the brass caption head with the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps from Boston Mass. He has also worked on the music staff of the ten- time world champion Cadets of Bergen County NJ, serving as the music supervisor in 2002. In 2010-2011, Wayne served as a staff member for the US Army All American Marching Band. As a performer, Wayne has played with The Studio Jazz band and the Art Blakey jazz ensemble from the University of Miami. Outside of school, Wayne has performed and recorded with; Jeff Healey, Albert Collins, KC and the Sunshine Band, Al Chez (from the Dave Letterman band), Steve Brosky, The Meteors, Jay and the Technics, Don Mayer and The Hamilton Philharmonic. He currently plays with Tower Suite. In 2008, Wayne was awarded the State of New Jersey Governorâ€™s teacher recognition award for his work with the music program at Elizabeth High School.
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