J. Wayne Dyess is Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, a position he has held since 1977. Dyess came to Lamar directly out of the U.S. Navy Band, teaching as an Adjunct Instructor of Trombone from 1975 to 1977. He was also the director of the sweepstakes Nederland Junior High Band, and the IAJE award-winning Nederland High School Jazz Ensemble during those same years. During his tenure at Lamar, Dyess has served as Associate Director of Bands, director of the Concert Band, director of the 300 piece BIG RED Marching Band ("The Grandest Band in the Land"), director of the highly acclaimed LU Pep Band and the award winning Lamar University jazz bands 'A' and 'B'. He has also taught music education courses, oversees the Music Department's computer lab and recording studio, and teaches graduate courses as called upon. Dyess is also the founder and leader of a Lamar University alumni big band, known around Southeast Texas as The Night & Day Orchestra. http://www.ndotex.com
Wayne continues to tour our nation's towns and cities with Keith Brion and his New Sousa Band. Mr. Brion appears throughout the world as a guest conductor and is considered by many to be the foremost authority on John Phillip Sousa, along with historian and author Paul Bierley. Mr. Brion asked Mr. Dyess to join the band after hearing him play Arthur Pryor's "Blue Bells of Scotland" with the Symphony of Southeast Texas in 1993. Wayne's first appearance with the New Sousa Band was that same year in Branson, Missouri where the band performed in the Christy Lane Theatre for a one week run. Dyess has since toured from L.A. to Orlando and Vermont to New Orleans with the band, but a tour highlight was the 3 week tour of Japan made in August 1996. http://www.newsousaband.com
Dyess has performed with many famous conductors, including Frederick Fennell, Karel Husa, Leonard Slatkin, Donald Stauffer, Anthony Mitchell, Arnold Gabriel, Arthur Fiedler, Kenneth G. Bloomquist, and Harry Begian. As a free-lance musician, Dyess has performed with such jazz artists as Clark Terry, Doc Severinson, Tommy Newsom, Ed Shaughnessy, Tony Campise, Maynard Ferguson, as well as The Letterman, The Country Gentlemen, Roger Williams, Christy Lane, B.J. Thomas, The Four Tops, and The Temptations, to name a few.
Wayne Dyess earned degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, Texas), The Catholic University (Washington, D.C.), and the University of Houston (Houston, Texas). He has completed additional graduate work at the University of Texas, in Austin. Wayne Dyess passed away in 2013