Wayne began his music career as a full time student at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where he studied drum set with Alan Dawson. During that time he did extensive touring with the popular singing group The Platters and was fortunate to play with the great Czechoslovakian pianist and composer Yan Hammer, who went on to write sound scores for many shows including Miami Vice.
Following graduation from Berklee Wayne performed locally in the Boston area and also toured with Full Circle for the USO. Wayne decided to dedicate himself to a career in Music Education, working as a high school band director in Texas. He also played with a number of noted bands, including the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Guy Lombardo Orchestra, and many Texas jazz groups.
In the late eighties Wayne returned to his East Coast roots, settling in first the Baltimore and later the Washington, DC area, where he performs and teaches. He has performed locally with the George Hipp Orchestra, Joe Ayala Trio, Seth Kibel’s Dixieland All-Stars, and the Bay Jazz Project as well as many other groups. He has also performed live for Maryland Public Radio. His jazz groups have performed in many venues, including the Corcoran Art Gallery. This is his fourth performance on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage.
Bob Boguslaw has been performing in many different capacities as a pianist in the Washington/Baltimore areas for the last 15 years. In the field of jazz, he has appeared with Louis Bellson, Manhatten Transfer, Marc Egan and Vinnie Colaiuta. A classicaly trained pianist, Boguslaw has performed with the National Gallery Orchestra, Mclean Symphony, and the US Marine Band as a soloist. He has also performed with the Royal Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony, and the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra. He has 2 CDs on the Summit Record label which have both received critical acclaim. He currently performs for the "President's Own" Marine Band and resides in West Friendship, MD with his wife and daughters.
Dan Hall is a native of Portland,Maine. A student of William Rhein of the Boston Symphony,he graduated,with honors, from the University of Maine and attended the New England Conservatory of Music. His musical career has taken him from Portland,Maine to Reno, Nevada to Austin,Texas to Branson,Missouri to Washington,DC. He has performed with an array of well known celebrities from Pavarotti to Les Brown and his Band of Renown. He now resides in McLean,VA and is working as a freelance musician and bass teacher. He has yet to buy a car that isn’t big enough to hold a string bass.
Tim Stanley is a native of Belleville, IL. Watching his father play with bands of almost every genre in the St. Louis area were his earliest musical experiences. He began his own studies on trumpet at the age of nine. After graduating from high school in 1993, he attended Eastern Illinois University. At EIU he studied trumpet with Dr. W. Parker Melvin and jazz with acclaimed pianist Henry Butler. In 1997 Tim enlisted in the US Navy as a musician. After accelerated graduation from the Armed Forces School of Music he was assigned to Navy Band Northeast in Newport, RI. While there he performed with the concert and ceremonial bands, and as featured soloist with the Jazz Ensemble and VIP Jazz Combo. Additionally, he worked as a freelance musician in the Boston, MA and Providence, RI areas. In 2001, Tim became a member of The United States Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, MD, performing in the “Next Wave” Jazz Ensemble, the “Commandant’s Combo”, the Wind Ensemble, and ceremonial bands. Since March 2004, he has been a member of the United States Navy “Commodores” Jazz Ensemble. Tim resides in Annapolis, MD with his wife, Mary, and sons, Nathan and Ryan.
Ben Bokor is a Washington, D.C. based saxophonist. He can be heard playing throughout the capitol region with his quartet which performs standards and original material. Originally from Chicago, IL, Bokor attended Northwestern University where he studied clarinet, flute and saxophone. He spent three years teaching and freelancing in the New York City and Chicago metropolitan areas. As an accomplished woodwind artist, Bokor has found himself performing in a variety of professional situations. In April 2003, Bokor moved to Washington, D.C. to accept a job with the U.S. Army Field Band, where he currently plays clarinet and saxophone. He is also currently a student at the University of Maryland, where he is pursuing a master's degree in jazz studies.