Wayne Dillon

Wayne Dillon

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Educational clinician


Wayne Dillon holds a Masters degree in Jazz performance/pedagogy from The University of Miami (Fl). He completed both his Honors Fine Arts and Education degrees from York University in Toronto Canada. Wayne is currently the Director of Bands at the Frank J. Ciccarell Academy in Elizabeth N.J.

His teaching responsibilities include Music Technology, along with Jazz, Symphonic and Marching Band. The Elizabeth HS Symphonic and Jazz bands have consistently earned superior ratings during Wayne’s tenure. The Marching Band was awarded three consecutive State Championships from 2005-2007. In 2011,2012 and 2013 the marching band was named USSBA State and National Champions in group VA. Wayne is an active adjudicator for Drum Corps International, Bands of America and Winter Guard International. He has judged the prestigious National championships for all three organizations over the past thirty years. He is currently a judge liaison for DCI, responsible for judge assignments and training. He is currently an educational clinician for the Conn-Selmer music Corporation. Wayne has served as the brass caption head with the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps from Boston Mass. He has also worked on the music staff of the ten-time world champion Cadets of Bergen County NJ, serving as the music supervisor in 2002. In 2010-2011, Wayne served as a staff member for the US Army All American Marching Band. As a performer, Wayne has played with The Studio Jazz band and the Art Blakey jazz ensemble from the University of Miami. Outside of school, Wayne has performed and recorded with; Jeff Healey, Albert Collins, KC and the Sunshine Band, Al Chez (from the Dave Letterman band), Steve Brosky, The Meteors, Jay and the Technics, Don Mayer and The Hamilton Philharmonic. He currently plays with Tower Suite. In 2008, Wayne was awarded the State of New Jersey Governor’s teacher recognition award for his work with the music program at Elizabeth High School.

  Session Titles

Guest Conductor


Can be adapted for jazz, wind band or marching band. Preparing repertoire for the rehearsal including research on the music. Score study and interpretation.

Jazz improvisation- Blues and ii, v, i


Students will learn the basics of chord and scale relationships used in improvising, using the Jamey Abersold Blues and ii v i recordings with handouts. The clinic will be a hands on approach where students will play their instruments along with the recordings.

Marching Band Design


An in depth look at the design process for marching band including: Matching program design to band strengths- Concept choice, musical repertoire decisions, costuming, color palette, props, electronics, and instrumentation.

Rehearsal Techniques- Warm-Up


May be adapted to jazz or wind band. Topics include: An effective warm up that addresses the fundamentals of style, sound, pitch, articulation, expression and listening. The clinic stresses the importance of a daily warm up to the success of the band program.

Teaching Jazz Style


A hands on (with instruments) approach to addressing jazz (swing style) including articulation concept ( syllable choice) conducive to creating a jazz line. Participants will sing and play in a jazz (swing) style. Recordings of swing style will reinforce the concept.