F. Wayne Tunison
F. Wayne Tunison was born on February 20, 1953 in Regina.
He attended Victoria
Public School and received
his diploma from Central Collegiate in 1970, in Fine Arts. He received his B.Sc
in Mathematics in 1974, and his M.Sc in Mechanical Engineering in 1977. He has
actively participated in both music and art throughout his life. As a student
at Central, he studied musical theatre under William Makahonuk, with successes
such as directing Cole Porter's "Kiss Me Kate" in his senior year. He
played trombone with both the Regina Intercollegiate and Saskatchewan Youth
Orchestras. While at the University, he sang in the University Concert Choir and
Regina Philharmonic Choir, and took many electives in music.
to study bells at the age of thirteen under the direction of Lawrence Ritchey.
Wayne and Cameron Blachford formed the Regina Bell Ringers in 1976 with an
initial membership of four. In his travels, Wayne
has played bells on five continents. Presently, Wayne
works at ISM as a Strategic Business Consultant. He is a contributing member of
both the Neutral Ground
and The Bridge, painting and documenting on video his artistic impressions.
Active experimentation and integration of the arts through avant garde
lifestyle and interaction are the current avenues of exploration for Wayne.
For more than thirty years, Wayne has been
playing and teaching the bells, so that now, every active Tower Bell Ringer in Regina
was either taught by Wayne or one of his apprentices. Wayne
continues to teach, compose and play regularly.
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