Wayne Markworth

Wayne Markworth

Retired Band Director, Adjunct Faculty Wright State University, Adjudicator & Author
Shadow Lake Music


Wayne was Director of Bands at Centerville High School in Ohio for 35 years. He also served as Fine Arts Coordinator for the Centerville City Schools for five years and High School Music Department Chair for twenty years.

During his tenure, the Centerville Band program involved over 250 students including three concert bands, three jazz ensembles, marching band, and Winter Guard and Percussion. They received consistent superior ratings and awards and the Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensembles, and Marching Band performed at OMEA state conventions. Wayne developed the marching band, known as "The Centerville Jazz Band", into a unique and entertaining ensemble of 200 members that performed an all-jazz format on the field. They were finalists in Bands of America Regionals and Grand Nationals 57 times, with fourteen regional championships and the 1992 Grand Nationals Championship.

Wayne received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Indiana University and a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University. He is an active clinician, adjudicator, arranger and trumpet performer and President of the music & consulting business Shadow Lake Music. In 2007, he was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame. He is currently adjunct faculty at Wright State University and is the author of The Dynamic Marching Band, a textbook on marching band techniques. Wayne is the Director of WGI Winds.

  Session Titles

Foundations of the Marching Band


This is a look at the marching band as an integral part of the total band program focusing on: philosophy, structure of the organization, the role of staff and learning models.

Marching Band Rehearsal Techniques That Work


This clinic will focus on proven techniques to improve the efficiency and long-term results of the high school marching band. The rehearsal methods will also carry over into the entire band program.

Planning for an Entertaining Show


Can a marching band show be both entertaining to the home crowd and competitive? A show planning approach is presented that satisfies both of those criteria.

See It - Hear It - Play It: A visual approach to learning jazz style for young players


Young players, who are mostly visual dominant learners, need a visual approach to playing jazz and in particular, swing style. "Just listen to a lot of jazz!" is the traditional "pedagogy" that is not as efficient as one based on Multiple Learning Styles. This clinic presents a successful approach utilizing visual exercises and notation.