Wendell Banyay is uniquely qualified to teach students of
all ages and stages of development. He
taught Middle and High School Band for 15 years and was trumpet instructor and head of brass
instruction at the Armed Forces School of Music for 12 of his 22 years as a US
Army Bandsman. Other assignments in the
Army include: lead trumpet for the NATO/SHAPE Jazz Band, solo trumpeter/leader
of the jazz band at the 392
nd Army Band, enlisted band leader at the
nd Infantry Division Band, and solo trumpeter/brass quintet leader
for the Continental Army Band.
Included among the hundreds of students he tutored are:
Thomas Rotondi, Jr., Commander of the US Army Band; Gary Zeik, Band Director at
Emporia (KS) State University; Kevin Eisensmith, Professor of Trumpet and Jazz
Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Joe Burgstaller, Canadian Brass
and Peabody Conservatory; and Brian Strawley, Richmond Symphony.
As a professional musician for over 45 years, Mr. Banyay
performed as a freelance artist with a variety of musicians of all genres.
Among the numerous musicians with whom he
performed include classical artists, Van Cliburn and Joshua Bell, jazz stars,
Benny Goodman and Doc Severinsen, and pop stars, Mannheim Steam Roller, The
Who, Phyliss Diller, and Robert Goulet.
He was a member of the Virginia Symphony, the Virginia Opera orchestra,
principal trumpeter with the Williamsburg (VA)Symphony, and first call for the
Richmond (VA) Symphony.
On occasions he
performed as principal trumpeter with the Virginia Symphony, the Richmond
Symphony, and the North Carolina Symphony.
Mr. Banyay holds a BS in Music Education from Duquesne
University and a Master of Music Performance degree from Norfolk State