The Wrecking Crew cast is comprised of a seriously-stacked deck of accomplished and talented performers whose collective entertainment experience runs the full spectrum from television and major motion picture to arena rock stardom to symphony hall...and everything in between!
Wayne Viar: Creator/Original Cast Member
Wayne is a busy drummer and percussionist in the Atlanta area who performs in town and on the road performing and recording with a variety of national and international acts. He can be seen drumming in the Lions Gate film 'What To Expect When You're Expecting' and heard on the soundtrack. He has performed with the following artists, ensembles and shows; The RockTronix, Santa Clara Vanguard, AbbaMania (London's West End), Nadirah Shakoor, David Crowder, The Rhythm Jets, Mercy Myra (Kenya), Silicon Fly (Uruguay), Atlanta Pops and more.
Neil Tankersley: Creator/Original Cast Member
Neil is a multi-talented individual who manages to juggle being a singer, keyboardist, percussionist, actor, set designer and (last but certainly not least) a certified Paul Mitchell Hairstylist! He has performed with the following artists and shows; Top 10 AC Billboard Hit artist Echoing Angels, Bebo Norman (along with a young Katy Perry), John Berry, Algebra, Ricardo Sanchez, and more. Most recently he recorded keys on the theme song 'Turn Turn Turn' for the movie 'The Song'.
Slug Mitchell: Original Cast Member
Slug is our 'Resident Rock Star' who has toured the country for years with notable bands and artists. He played with GRAMMY nominated hit writer and producer, Butch Walker, for years as a member of the legendary Marvelous 3, SouthGang and Floyd's Funk Revival. You may have seen him on MTV, Late Night with David Letterman, or The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Yep....rock star!
Marshall Coats: Cast Member
Marshall is another one of our bonafide Rock Stars with appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, and Jimmy Kimmel playing with the likes of YelaWolf, Kid Rock and Travis Barker. But Coatsy isn't just your average Rock Star, he is another one of those multi-talented types who excels on bass, keys, guitar, trumpet and drums....he even sings! Whenever he isn't traipsing around the country with Nic Cowan, Abba Mania or any of the aforementioned celebs, he's busy scoring and composing music for TV and film.
Lauren Teel: Cast Member
Lauren is a graduate of the University of North Texas, one of the premier music schools in the country. While she may be the youngest cast member, Lauren already has way more chops than the rest of us along with some heavy performing experience that has taken her all over the world. Some of her credits include playing timpani in the movie - Hunger Games: Catching Fire, performing with Oscar winning composer AR Rahman at his sold-out concert for 75,000 in India, and as a member of the 16-time PAS National Champion University of North Texas Indoor Drum Line and world champion Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps, world champions Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps, and the Atlanta Falcons NFL Drum Line. She is also the percussion caption head of 'The Troopers' drum and bugle corps. Busy gal!
Steven Walker: C.O.O. / Cast Member
Steven, with his 3 different music degrees, is our 'Resident Scholar' having a Master's in Jazz Studies from Georgia State University, as well as a Bachelor's in Music Performance and Music Education from Kennesaw State University (and that doesn't count his time at UGA). He finished all the music....no more courses left. He is a very active performer and teacher in the Atlanta area. In addition to his own full studio of private students, he is currently the percussion professor at the University of North Georgia and percussion specialist at Centennial High School in Alpharetta, GA. He helps to validate our excessive banging of cans. He has also performed with a diverse list of artists and ensembles such as; Spirit of Atlanta, 4th Ward Afro Klezmer Ensemble, House Live, Beau Hall, and the Atlanta Pops.
Joe Lee: Cast Member
Joe graduated from the Atlanta Institute of Music and is one of the most diverse and in-demand live and session drummers in Atlanta. He has a rather multifarious list of credits including; Israel Houghton, Cheryl Pepsii Riley, Bob Mintzer, Ben E. King, David Pack (from Ambrosia), Tom Grose and plenty more.
Josh 'FISH' Fisher: Original Cast Member
Josh is yet another of our real life 'Rock Stars'. He has performed live and recorded some very popular and memorable drum parts for notable artists such as Steve Fee and Michael W. Smith. He can also be seen and heard traveling the world with the global sensation, Jesus Culture. So many rock stars...
Ashley Appling: Extra Cast Member
Ashley is another first-call, 'A list' live and studio drummer in Atlanta and Nashville with notable credits such as; Nathan and Christy Nockels, Aaron Shust, North Point Ministries, Steve Fee, Laura Story, 33 Miles, and many more.
*The Wrecking Crew is made up of some of the best and busiest entertainers in the business, as seen above. The Crew has many trained and well-rehearsed performers available at any given time. As a result, the WC reserves the right to staff all performances as necessary. Some of the members listed may or may not be part of a particular event due to multiple WC engagements on a given date and/or other touring situations.