Born and raised in Richmond, VA, studied and practiced in North Carolina, currently residing and working in the metro-Atlanta area, Wayne Viar is a well-versed drummer and percussionist who keeps busy in town and on the road performing regularly with local, national and international acts. His various projects require a wide range of versatility including jazz, funk, rock, pop, world drumming, rudimental drumming, orchestral percussion, ethnic percussion, electronic music, programming, and more. Regardless of the situation, the goal is, "always provide the right musical elements that are supportive, appropriate, tasteful, passionate, and serve the song or situation first and foremost". These qualities are what make him one of Atlanta’s "go to guys" for a wide variety of musical situations.
Over the years Wayne has been fortunate to have recorded, toured, and shared the stage briefly (as in on the same stage, playing the same song at the same time) with a wide variety of artists and ensembles including:
The RockTronix, Jimmy Buffett, Mac Macnally (Jimmy Buffett), Bo Bice (American Idol, Blood, Sweat & Tears), David Crowder, Nadira Shakoor (Madonna, Janet Jackson, Jimmy Buffett), Kipper Jones (Chaka Khan, Vanessa Williams), Lisa Kelly (Celtic Women), Chloe Agnew (Celtic Women), Scott Porter (River Dance), Mercy Myra (Kenya), Marcus Miller, Bob Mintzer (The Yellowjackets), Dewey Redman, Bernard Wright (Roberta Flack, Miles Davis, Lenny White), Russ Ferrante (Yellowjackets, Joni Mitchell), Keeter Betts (Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz), John Fedchock (Woody Herman, Rosemary Clooney), Abba Mania (UK), Almost Elton John, Piano Men, Wrecking Crew, Rhythm Jets, Alfreda Gerald, Joseph Patrick Moore (Col. Bruce, Earl Klugh, Stewart Copeland), A 1 A, Chris Cauley (The Voice), North Point Community Church, Adrian Duke, J - Mood, Jason Hoard, John Waller, Mac Powell, Janelle (Canada), Riley Biederer (Rocket Music), Mike Geier (King Sized, Puddles Pity Party), Francisco Fattaruso (Milton Nascimiento, Blueground Undergrass), Dotsero, Mike Corrado Band, Silicon Fly (Uruguay).
...and many others...