electric bass, low brass, piano
Wayne Estes is the founder/visionary of The Catoctin School of Music (formerly Wayne’s World). The story begins like this…In 1984, Wayne/I was selected on trumpet to represent Loudoun County and participate in the Virginia All State Band. Little did I know my future wife Jennene was seated on that very same stage that weekend, performing on her cello with the Virginia All State Orchestra. Although we did not meet at that time, our destinies were set into motion.
I started my undergrad studying trumpet at James Madison University with Professor James Kluesner where I was planning to become a music teacher (no way!). While at JMU I engineered and produced JMU’s first album on JMU’s first music major label. I played keys in several pop bands and did several keyboard sound tracks for videos and recordings. Sadly, at the end of my freshman year I was involved in a major car wreck that took the life of my dear friend, forced me to stop playing the trumpet for the next two years and caused me to rethink my future as a musician. I took a year off from college to regroup and undergo some major facial reconstructive surgery and dental reconstruction and I impatiently waited for God to redirect me and get my life back in gear. God answered me and when I returned to JMU I met Jennene, we fell in love and I graduated with honors in 1989 and we were married in 1992!
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you, will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6
Back in NOVA, I started playing piano in several country groups in the DC and VA area and Jennene and I did some recording and performed as a duo for several seasons of weddings. I worked as an assistant technical director in a Fairfax County theater job at the Alden Theater in McLean (1992-2005) and worked as a sound and lightning engineer under the tutelage of Jennifer Garrett. At the same time, Jennene and I also started our first business together in 1990, a sound production company called “Behind The Scenes Productions,” providing technicians and sound equipment to local musical groups, churches, bands, clubs, politicians and many other events. In 1994 Jennene and I toured across the country for a month with a Christian band “EFX”. I was their keyboard player, tech and singer and Jennene tagged along as their sound engineer. Then in 1998 I went “on the road” for a minor east coast tour as the road manager/sound engineer with the popular local Loudoun musical group Genghis Angus, as they launched their newest album and tour after getting signed to their first record deal. I also freelanced as a technician/rigger in VA and DC and worked show load-ins, did audio engineering, scenery and lighting work at various events and inaugurations. I have worked behind the scenes with many major acts as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Prince, Duran Duran, Riders in the Sky, Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Travis Tritt, Janet Jackson, magician David Copperfield and even the band Weezer!
Around the age of 27, I started studying the guitar, upright and electric bass and started performing locally/in Loudoun in several theater, country and jazz projects. I was hired by Leesburg Baptist Church in 1995 to play bass in their new contemporary services in Leesburg. I have performed as the fill-in bassist in the local/nationally acclaimed Christian group Glad, and I have also performed in many churches and at several local Christian concert events with terrific friends and local musicians. While leading worship in my church services one Sunday morning, a mom came up and asked me if I could teach piano to her son Rob and bam "Wayne’s World Music" was launched. It wasn’t long before another student came along…then 5 more, then 80 more…and then we got so big that at about 300+ students that Jennene and I figured we needed a new “brand” and so we changed the name to “The Catoctin School of Music.”
I have taught music in many forms to thousands of Loudoun County students and I have been blessed and very fortunate to send many great kids off to college to take it to the next level. Many of my former students are musicians in their churches and many are becoming moms and dads, keeping the circle of life and music evolving onward.
God has blessed me with a slew of fantastic musicians, friends and colleagues and now several of my hardest working students are eclipsing me. They’re on the road with national projects as band members in Native Run, Gwen Stephani and Vampire Weekend. Many of my favorite students have their bachelor degrees, masters and even doctorates in science, math, engineering, music theory, composition and performance. Four of my favorite past students are now Marines! Our wonderful bass instructor, Fernando Bolanos, was a past student of mine. I absolutely LOVE teaching; sharing and inspiring the next generation of students, musicians and Godly leaders of our country and world.
Feel free to get in touch with me anytime at: Wayne@CSMInspires.com