Oral History Information
Wayne Thompson has always felt lucky that he had a musical mentor in high school and attributes that leadership and inspiration for his long career in the music industry. Dee Wiggins was the band director at Jefferson High school in Oregon where Wayne played in the band. Mr. Wiggins instilled several life lessons into his students and created innovative programs such as a Top 40 band that was designed like a class to teach students to book gigs, organize the gear and rehearse. Those experiences led Wayne to focus on a career in music, starting at Beacock Music in 2004 and working his way up to director of band & orchestra sales by 2010. Eight years later he joined the St. Louis Music team and serves as the district sales manager covering seven western states and enjoying the role he plays in bringing musical instruments to his customers.