Wayne’s career as a performer first blossomed in high school when he won the National Music School Competition two years straight – in bassoon. He went on to be Assistant Conductor and drum major of the Freeport High School marching band and began playing the organ for various church choirs.
His early formal studies were in organ but he felt much more at liberty with the piano. At home his favorite recreation was Beethoven sonatas and the Chopin Etudes, and the experience of “orchestrating” the accompaniments for the Cathedral Choral Society from 1946 to 1962 truly expanded his powers.
Two sets of concerts are of special note: Eight recitals of Mozart’s complete works for violin and piano in 1956, followed in 1957-58 by the complete Haydn Trios at the Philips Gallery. He also recorded the complete Beethoven works for flute and piano as well as a number of Bagatelles.