Like most musicians beginning their career during the 1970’s, a defining moment for Wayne was watching The Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. Taking up the drums and later focusing on singing and the guitar, Wayne began playing the music scene with various bands and starring in local musicals such as Tony in West Side Story (1970), Sir Lancelot in Camelot (1971), Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar (1972-73) and The Hunter in Manfred (1974-75). Wayne was signed, along with manager and songwriter Anthony Manno, to Scepter Records in 1970 and performing with Yesterday’s Children until Manno’s untimely death.
Wayne co-founded the band Twisted Sister (1973) with Mel Anderson, Billy Diamond, Tony Bunn, and Steve Guarino (1910 Fruit Gum Company). At the invitation of Billy D’ Andrea (author of the rock opera, Manfred) and Michael DeMaio (orchestrator, Manfred), Wayne joined the original rock band Tarot on guitar and lead vocal along with legendary Blues guitarist, Billy Hector. Tarot released the single “Jonathan” on CarMel Record label and received airplay on WPLJ. Tarot played numerous concerts along with an unprecedented run of sixteen shows in one week at The Bitter End in NYC.
Wayne and Billy went on to join the band Little Silver and also performed as a duo in many New Jersey venues. Wayne also sang lead vocal and played guitar with the band Caribou, formed with Dennis Miele currently of the band Jobonanno & The Godsons of Soul. In the late 1970′s, Wayne founded the band Spring Fever that included Michael Scialfa. Spring Fever later morphed into an early version of The Fuse with the addition of Frankie Bandiera on drums. Throughout this time, Wayne continued to pursue a solo career. In 1975 Wayne recorded all of the vocal tracks for an early Jonathan Elias album.
During the 1980’s and 1990’s, Wayne took a hiatus from music to focus on his growing family of five children and to pursue an education in Chiropractic medicine. Drawing on his experiences within the entertainment field, Wayne created a specialized practice treating professional entertainers, such as cast members of Broadway Shows including: Mamma Mia, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Spider-Man, 42nd Street, Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang, Jersey Boys, Elf, Baby, It’s You, and Sister Act and musicians from: The New York Philharmonic Orchestra, The New Jersey Symphony, Bon Jovi, and many others. Never able to leave music behind, and with lots of help from his lifelong friend Bobby Bandiera, Wayne resurrected The Fuse in 2005.
Wayne is honored to volunteer as a guitarist and singer for Holiday Express. Started in 1993 by Tim McLoone, Holiday Express is an organization whose mission is to deliver music, food, gifts, financial support and friendship to those with the greatest need for the gift of human kindness during the holiday season and throughout the year.
Since returning to music, Wayne has the pleasure of sharing the stage with three of his daughters, who are actively pursuing their own musical careers. Wayne continues to have the honor of performing with top-notch musicians, both in his own band and in guest appearances with others. Members of Wayne’s current band have recorded, toured and/or appeared with such renowned artists as Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Bobby Bandiera, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Joe Jackson, Dave Mason, The Allman Brothers, The Whirling Dervishes, Cyndi Lauper and Gary U.S. Bonds.