E. Wayne Sowder

Profile Updated: August 13, 2008
Residing In: Roanoke, VA USA
Spouse/Partner: Johnette
Homepage: www.myspace.com/gosg
Occupation: Live Sound Tech--Blame Ralph Edwards & Tim Wingo!
Yes! Attending Reunion
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A few highlights since 1978:

1979- Went to Cuba on a USO tour with fellow Class of '78 members Tim Wingo and Ralph Edwards. (Keywords: Iguanas, Mosquitoes, pork & beans, Rum Punch at the beach on Christmas day...ask Ralph about his Mosquito Bite remedy!)

1981: Ended "career" as a manager of Kenny's Family Restaurants to go on the road with a "Top-40" Rock Band. (Keywords: Kenny Burger w/special sauce, honey bisquits, fried chicken, cups of "ice", Dorothy "Harmful Harmon, "Leggs Diamond")

1982: Hired by Stage fas a sound tech. (Keywords: REM, Modern English, Festival in the Park, Too many country artists to list.)

1983-1991: Sucked back into the road life with "Leggz" by the "lure of easy money" and the challenge of working full-time with Doug Settles! LOL!

I also traveled to South Africa with a girl I met on the road.
(Keywords: Too many Beaches, St. Thomas, Buddy the Bartender, The Magic Attic, Knife wielding lead singers--{BTW:Not Doug...LOL!}, band houses, Frat Houses, getting paid to see the world.)

1991-2001:Time to settle down/get married and get a "real" job. Continued working sound/renting gear to local bands on weekends.
(Keywords: Vitramon, ElectroPlating, Chip capacitors, "Bananas at Large")

2001: My "real" job decides to move to Israel...and I thought the music business was the unstable part of my life! LOL!

2001-Current: Freelance Sound/Lighting Tech. I have worked with several different Sound Companies and rented sound gear to various local regional/local bands.
(Keywords:WWF/WWE, The North Carolina Symphony, The North Carolina State Fair/Dorton Arena, King's Fest/King's Dominion, John Mayer, Burning Bridges, Sound Connection, TK-421, The RNC, C-Span and way too many country bands to remember! LOL!)

This Month's Project (August 2008):

www.SMLconcerts.com

Concerts at Smith Mountain Lake: Sara Evans, Styx, Lonestar, Grand Funk Railroad /with Doug Settles and Gasoline Alley, Blake Sheldon, Toby Mac and Diamond Rio.

http://www.wsls.com/sls/news/local/article/sara_evans_at_smith_mountain_lake/15455/

http://www.youtube.com/tk421vid


Thanks so much to Richard Hankins and Doug Settles for urging me to sign up and especially thanks to Betsy for taking the time to set up this web site!

School Story:

Let me see:
Shooting pictures for the annual staff and escaping marching band duty by offering to take pictures of the formations for Mr. Svec.

My Annual staff Photographer's "anytime" pass that Mrs. Reid gave me after she grew tired of filling out countless individual slips! The Photo lab/private lunch room/private hang out.

The "Rock Rhythm Section" of Stage Band, Talent Shows, Band field trips, the "Mad Bomber & Nitro" Smithsonian incident! BTW: I recently set up a show at the Air & Space Museum...so I think I've been forgiven!

Basement rock band rivalries, flash pots and VERY tolerant, supportive parents.

"Game time", trips to 7/11 to play pinball and trips to Tanglewood to get photo supplies!

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