Music has always been Wayne Page’s passion; and for almost thirty years, he’s had the privilege of teaching that passion to the youth of the Waukee Community School District.
"I always wanted to be a musician," Page shares. "The need to play music and be involved in music triggered the desire to share what I know with others."
After receiving his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Drake University in 1984 and completing Master of Arts degree from Northeast Missouri State University in 1988, Page’s career began. He previously taught in the Lenox, Saydel, and Ankeny school districts; but it wasn’t until nine years ago that he found his home in Waukee.
"As a performing jazz musician and one who really loves big band jazz, Waukee created the perfect opportunity for me to work with the ninth grade concert band and to build a jazz program at the high school while directing the top jazz band," Page explains.
Although Page now teaches ninth grade, he has, at one time or another, taught all grades five through twelve. After spending fifteen years teaching eighth grade in Ankeny, however, he discovered that he really enjoys working with the middle levels. In fact, his favorite part about his job is "working with these amazing young adults to create a culture of excellence no matter what the venue or performance group."
Because he works with kids in the middle level who are still trying to climb their way up, Page says the most rewarding part of his job is "watching and hearing students perform at a level they might have never expected."
A student once told him "‘You always made me feel I could accomplish anything if I worked hard enough!’" And that’s something he says he will always remember from his career.
What could the future possibly hold for such an accomplished musician and educator? More music and education, of course!
"I am hoping to continue as a jazz musician myself and make even more time for playing my music while sharing that knowledge with others," Page reveals. "While keeping busy as a performing musician, I will also be doing clinics as an artist and educator for Tenor Madness Saxophones." And music isn’t just a personal hobby; it’s one that he shares with his entire family. "My wife Janyce is a musician as well and is ultimately supportive of the time and dedication to the music," says Page.
Page and his wife have two sons who also share a passion for music. Their eldest son, Brad, participated in all the band activities offered at Waukee and currently plays in the Iowa State Drumline. He also marched two years with the Colts drum and Bugle corps. Their younger son, Justin, plays lead alto saxophone in Waukee Jazz I, and is becoming a very accomplished musician himself, according to Page.