Assistant Director Wayne perry
Assistant Director – Wayne Perry has been a musician for as long as he can remember, starting with singing nursery rhymes with his mother in the car. From that early start he learned to play the trumpet, switched to tuba in high school, and then majored in tuba at Towson University studying with Dan Brown, of the Baltimore Symphony. He also taught himself to play the guitar and string bass, and began conducting as a teen, leading his church choir and conducting the annual musical as a senior in high school.
In the ’70s Wayne spent 2 years in Australia as a teaching missionary then returned to earn a BS in Music Education at Towson. He spent the next 13 years as an educator teaching high school music (band and orchestra). His instrumental ensembles built a strong reputation for excellence, receiving several awards and recognitions along the way. During these years Wayne also served as an officer with the Maryland Association of Band Directors, including 2 years as its president. In 1990 he went on to become a school administrator. Retiring in 2008 after 30 years, he spent the last 9 as principal of 2 middle schools.
Wayne has worked quite a bit in vocal music, too, singing and strumming folk songs through the ’70s and studying voice for a while in college. Wayne has been quite active in local musical theater as an actor, singer, conductor, and music director. After all this, several choirs, and some barbershop singing, he discovered groups like the King Singers and the Real Group, and he’s been hooked on contemporary A Capella music ever since. He is currently a church choir director, sings and strums folk songs for anyone willing to listen, and is the director of his own A Capella group, Bonus Track.
Wayne has been happily married to his wife Karen since 1977. In addition to keeping up with her, their 5 kids and 7 grandchildren, and his musical pursuits, he currently teaches education administration courses at McDaniel College, and is the Registrar for the Maryland Association of Student Councils. We are thrilled that he is a part of the Deer Creek Chorale family. Assistdirector@deercreekchorale.org