Original contemporary christian music which has been aired all over the country and available in online stores.
Network television roles, short films and commercials. Agent: Advantage Talent (Nashville, TN)
Former Air Force officer with over 25 years of experience acquiring military-related systems & equipment.
Wayne Tolbert grew up in Williston, a small town of 3,000 people in the southern portion of South Carolina. His real passion came when he joined the band in the 6th grade. He practiced his trumpet hours upon hours and would continue playing music all the way through high school and even into college. He would garner many awards including 1st chair selections for the Edisto Conference Bands, Solo & Ensemble superior ratings, and selections to the Governor’s All-Star Band. He also served as First Sergeant of the marching band, played varsity basketball, and broke the high school record for the 330 low hurdles. He was a Beta Club Honor Graduate at Williston-Elko High School in 1979.
Clemson University awarded him a 3 and ½ year Air Force ROTC scholarship and he decided to major in ceramic engineering. During college, Wayne was named the first President of the Clemson University chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers. He also served as Group Commander in ROTC, Vice President of the American Ceramic Society and was member of the Clemson varsity track team. He was selected to the Keramos Honor Fraternity, Who’s Who Among American Colleges & Universities and Outstanding Young Men of America. He received his ceramic engineering degree in 1983 and was immediately commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the United States Air Force.
Wayne spent 6 years in the Los Angeles area as an officer in the United States Air Force and reached the rank of Captain before he separated form the military. He earned his space badge working as a project engineer on efforts that included the Consolidated Space/Satellite Operations Center (CSOC) and the Global Positioning System (GPS). Wayne was the contract manager and project officer for the $90 million Integration Support Contract for the CSOC. He was responsible for coordinating the interfaces for NASA-Houston, NASA-Kennedy Space Center, and the east/west coast launch vehicle sites. Later, he handled management of the state-of-the-art $18 million Security Control System (SCS) for the CSOC facility. He also worked briefly on the B2 Bomber program before it was unveiled to the public. Wayne received a number of awards while serving in the Air Force. He was awarded the United States Air Force Commendation Medal and the Achievement Medal. He was also the Los Angeles AFB Company Grade Officer of the Quarter & Runner-up for Company Grade Officer of the Year, Detachment 31’s Employee of the Quarter, and was voted President of the Los Angeles AFB Company Officer’s Council and President of local Toastmasters International Club. He also participated in the Worldwide Air Force Talent Contests and received “Best of Show” awards (vocal/dance) at the Command level multiple times. He served as a volunteer for Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles for 10 years.
Before being honorably discharged from the Air Force, Wayne received his masters of business administration degree from Pepperdine University. He then worked as a cost engineer/analyst for a number of companies in the Department of Defense (DoD) industry. He has worked a number of military programs including the Army’s Future Combat Systems (FCS) where he performed life cycle cost (LCC) estimates and special cost studies for the Department of the Army's Brigade Combat Team (BCT) Modernization Program. He led the study supporting the United States Special Operations Command’s (USSOCOM) Harbinger Program to perform LCC estimates and average unit manufacturing cost (AUMC) for the Increment IV 40mm (electric discharge) projectile. He also supported the United States Coast Guard's multi-billion dollar Deepwater Project performing Life Cycle Cost (LCC) analysis and Total Ownership Cost (TOC) management for the forty-year acquisition schedule, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) National Ignition Facility (NIF) 192 laser beam project. Currently, he works for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) supporting a team of cost analysts performing cost estimating support and risk management for the United States Marines’ Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) Survivability Upgrade (SU) and the Assault Combat Vehicle (ACV) Programs. He is also the Program Manager for Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (DASA) for the Cost & Economics (CE) Aircraft Cost Support effort.
Wayne has spent countless hours supporting and encouraging his local community. He has served on the Board of Directors and as a Pastoral Staff member for The Church of Corinth. He has also directed the Men’s Ministry, led the Youth Band, and participated in many Children’s Ministry activities. He has been a mentor for Kids Hope USA and a volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club of America. Wayne has also kept busy outside of his professional/engineering career. He has started two different small businesses; a frozen yogurt/treat shop and Tolbert Enterprises providing consulting services to military-related aerospace companies. He is also a Christian/Gospel music artist who is truly a “One-Man” band. As the head of the Tolbert Music label, he not only writes his own songs, but performs all of the vocals and instrumentation on many of them. Wayne has led or participated on praise and worship teams and performed in concerts for various churches across the country (including Madison Square Garden). His original songs have garnered radio airplay all across the country. He is also a professional actor who has performed in many short films, feature films, commercials, local productions and recently in a scene with Patrick Duffy on the network television show, Dallas. He also landed a small role on ABC’s “Nashville”. He resides in the Nashville area with his beautiful wife and two children.