Wayne Salzmann II is an incredibly versatile and active drummer with nearly 20 years of experience. Born and raised in Neenah, Wisconsin, Salzmann was exposed to a wide variety of music at a young age. By age sixteen, he was playing regular gigs, had won the statewide DW/Zildjian drum solo competition, and was teaching drum lessons at a local music store. He earned a full-tuition music scholarship from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he received a student-research grant to travel to New York City and study with legendary drummers Bill Stewart, Joey Baron, Billy Martin, and Ari Hoenig. In 2008, Salzmann was awarded a teaching assistantship from the University of Texas, and moved to Austin to pursue a masters degree in music. While in Austin, he met Grammy winning Guitarist Eric Johnson, with whom he is currently touring and recording.
Wayne has also performed with Joe Satriani, Robben Ford, Joe Bonamassa, Bobby Mcferrin, Albert Lee (Eric Clapton), Chris Potter (Steely Dan), Carlos Sosa (Jason Mraz), Kevin Lovejoy (John Mayer), Ephraim Owens (Sheryl Crow), Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band), Joe Lally (Fugazi), John Jorgenson (Elton John), Oz Noy (Chris Botti), Roscoe Beck (Leonard Cohen), Red Young (Dolly Parton), Jake Langley (K.D. Lang), Bob Schneider, Sonny Landreth, Esperanza Spalding, Kat Edmondson, Suzanna Choffel, The Yellowjackets, Romero Lubambo, Andre Mehmari, Carmen Bradford, Gabriel Santiago Quintet, Tameca Jones, and The UT Faculty Jazz Quintet.
Salzmann has been featured on dozens of albums and music videos with a wide variety of artists in Jazz, Blues, Rock, Funk, R&B, Soul, Singer-Songwriter, Brazilian, African, and Classical genres. He has also recorded for multiple commercial jingles, television shows, and Hollywood film soundtracks. Salzmann has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. He has performed everywhere from club gigs to Carnegie Hall, to International Music Festivals, and Amphitheatre gigs supporting Steve Miller Band.
Wayne Salzmann II is known for his ability to fit into a wide variety of genres, and serve the musical styles while expressing his own unique voice from behind the drums. He also writes and arranges music for his own project called Wayne Salzmann’s Groove Society. Salzmann currently holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music, and is the drum-set Instructor at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been teaching privately for nearly 15 years, and has given master classes at Universities and Music Conservatories worldwide. He proudly endorses Zildjian Cymbals.