Wayne Bennett

Along with playing violin in the symphony, Wayne Bennett serves as the current Music Librarian for the WFSO. Born and raised right here in Wichita Falls, Wayne graduated from Hirschi High School and Midwestern State University. After college, Wayne taught in various schools around the area including Central Jr. High in Lawton, Oklahoma, Hirschi High School, and Rider High School. He also taught Music Appreciation at Vernon college and was a University Supervisor for student teachers at MSU. Wayne first started playing with the WFSO while he was a student in college as a substitute trumpet player and was once able to play chimes on the 1812 Overture. After that, Wayne joined the US Army and Army Reserves as a trumpet player, where he later advanced to Bandmaster/Commander for 38 years. Around 1985, he decided to switch from the trumpet section to the violin section for the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra and has played every season since.