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, hand drumming, 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".
Wayne has shared the stage and/or recorded with a wide variety of artists and ensembles including:
The RockTronix, Jimmy Buffett, Mac Macnally (Jimmy Buffett), Bo Bice (American Idol, Blood, Sweat & Tears), Santa Clara Vanguard (6 time DCI World Champion), Atlanta Pops Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Macon Symphony Orchestra, David Crowder, Nadira Shakoor (Madonna, Janet Jackson, Jimmy Buffett), Kipper Jones (Chaka Khan, Vanessa Williams), Lisa Kelly (Celtic Women), Chloe Agnew (Celtic Women), Bob Mintzer (The Yellowjackets), Russ Ferrante (Yellowjackets, Joni Mitchell), Mercy Myra (Kenyan Artist), Francisco Fattaruso (Milton Nascimiento, Blueground Undergrass), Silicon Fly (Uruguay), Wrecking Crew, Dewey Redman, Keeter Betts (Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz), Marcus Miller, John Fedchock, Clyde Beatty - Cole Bros. Circus, Adrian Duke, Abba Mania (UK), Almost Elton John, Piano Men, Rhythm Jets, Alfreda Gerald, Joseph Patrick Moore (Col. Bruce, Earl Klugh, Stewart Copeland), Carol Albert, Adrian Duke, A1A, Chris Cauley (The Voice), North Point Community Church, J - Mood, Jason Hoard, John Waller, Mac Powell, Janelle (Canada), Riley Biederer, Mike Geier (King Sized, Puddles Pity Party), Dotsero.