Wayne is a third generation piper. Both his father, Harold J. Coleman (photo at left, circa 1939), and his grandfather, James A. Coleman, played in the Springfield (MA) Kilty Band, which was established in 1917 and is still active. Prior to his induction for World War II, Harold also played in the Canadian Legion Band (1939-1942) and was the New England Junior Piping Champion in 1940.
Today, Wayne plays his fatherís pipes, a set of Lawries with traditional army turnings, and he has the original receipt from Glasgow in 1937.
Wayne began music lessons at the age of five and studied classical, popular, and jazz piano through high school. At the age of sixteen he performed Mendelssohnís Piano Concerto Number 1 in G minor. He received the only A+ grade ever given by one music teacher for his term paper on the history of the bagpipes.
As an adult, he continues to take bi-weekly pipe lessons. He attended two summers at the Balmoral School of Piping and Drumming where he studied with such international piping notables as PM Jimmy McIntosh, the late PM Jimmy MacGregor, and international award winner Mike Cusack of Houston.
Wayne has an uncanny ability to play by ear which allows him to play many non-traditional and popular tunes on the pipes as well as customize performances on the spot.
He has been performing professionally in Atlanta for 18 years and is a member of the pipersí version of the Mile-High Club having played the pipes on many commercial airline flights. Through his many gigs, he is frequently heard on local Atlanta radio and television stations.
Wayne, at left with his father, has piped with the Atholl Highlanders Pipes and Drums (USA), Stone Mountain, Georgia, since 1982. His band was selected to perform the National Anthem with Faith Hill at Super Bowl XXXIV in Atlanta and was seen by 72,000 in person and over 200 million viewers on live television around the world!
The Atholl Highlanders perform at many annual events including The Hibernian Societyís St. Patrickís Day Parade, The Atlanta Steeplechase, Snellville Days Parade, Savannah Highland Games, Stone Mountain July 4 Parade, Atlanta July 4 Parade, the Montgomery (AL) Highland Games, the Stone Mountain Highland Games, the Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens, the Boy Scout Jamboree at the World Congress Center, the Stone Mountain Christmas Parade and many other events.
Wayne has been the official piper of the Stone Mountain Highland Games Whisky Tasting Seminar for over 15 years! He is also the official St. Patty's Week piper for Houlihan's at Park Place in Atlanta for 16 consecutive years. (Houlihan's was newly remodeled in late 1999. Stop in and check it out!)
What does the above pseudo-egotistical summary of qualifications and many hundreds of professional performances mean to you? Quite simply, your piper will contribute to the success of your event! Wayne is very comfortable performing in front of crowds, suffers no stage fright, and he can go with the flow and spontaneously adjust his presentation for you. Whether your goal is to add pomp and ceremony and/or excitement and/or fun, we can help.
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Wayne A. Coleman, (770) 498-9524 (USA), email Wayne@bagpiper-atlanta.com