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Wayne has taught privately since 1973, beginning in New York City ('73 and '74), Topeka, Kansas ('75-'78), Rochester, Minnesota ('79), and now in San Diego (since 1980), having taught a virtual who's who in the past and present San Diego music scene. He has become recognized as a well known guitar clinician and educator throughout the world as a senior faculty member with The National Guitar Workshop (1990-2006), coincided with his instructional columns in Guitar Player, Acoustic Guitar,Premier Guitar and Acoustic Musician magazines, along with his nine instructional books and two instructional DVD's with Alfred Publishing’s Workshop Arts series, which have been successful learning tools for many students around the globe.

He has conducted joint workshops/concerts with many well respected technique guitarists over the years, including Larry Carlton, Robben Ford, Will Ray, Marty Friedman, Luther Guitar Johnson, Dave Grissom, Red Volkaert and Duke Robillard.




Music critic Bart Mendoza said it best in December, 1999, about Wayne Riker's versatile guitar abilities . . . "Fans of great guitar playing would do well to check out Wayne's current stint with singer Shelle Blue. It's clear to me he has become a master of the instrument in all genres."

Between 1967 and 2003, Wayne has played thousnads of gigs, spanning all the pop musical genres and settings.

During 1979, Wayne took a one year hiatus to study with Howard Roberts, Pat Martino, Ron Eschete, Les Wise, Howard Alden, Joe Diorio, Al Bruno, Kimbo Smith, and Don Mock at the Guitar Institute of Technology in Los Amgeles.


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1967-68: The Xenomaniacs (rock)
1969-72: Polite Confusion (original/cover rock-jazz fusion)
1973: The Fandangoes (rhythm & blues)
1973: Times Square (show/dance band)
1973-74: Crazy Elephant (concert tour group)
1974: Peppermint Rainbow (concert tour group)
1974-75: The Heartland Band (show/dance band)
1976: The English Version (pop/rock/show band)
1977-78: Twin Guitar Special (musical variety duo)
1980: Branded (country)
1980-81: Fancy Pants (Top 40)
1981: The Wayne Foster Group (special events variety group)
1981-82: Hey Fever (progressive country, country swing, and bluegrass)
1982: Roberta Linn and the Gamblers (show/cabaret)
1982-84: Timepiece (funk, rhythm & blues, jazz)
1984-85: Stone's Throw (vintage jazz)
1985: Elvis Excitement (Elvis Presley impersonator)
1986-89: Sh-Boom (vintage rock)
1990: Then & Now (show/dance band)
1991: Fahrenheit (show/dance band)
1992: Judy Ames & Odyssey (Top 40)
1995: The Heller/Riker Duo
1997-99: Bursting at the Seams (rock)
1999-2003: Shelle Blue (rhythm & blues)


FREELANCE BANDS: American Dream, Joni Lee Band, Bob Hope Orchestra, True Grit, Tuxedo, Sally Dunn Orchestra, Milt Raynor Big Band, Continental Orchestra, Suds Band, Coast Highway, The Satanic Mechanics, Tobacco Road, Canille's Comotion, Coupe De Ville, New Expression Band, Rival, Scary Mary & The Noose, The Dixie Highway Band, Ronnie Rebel & The Reunions, Emergency Exit, Bill Shreeve Group, Steph Johnson Group, The John Juliano Quartet, The Electrcarpathians, The Satin Love Orchestra & Western Union.



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Musical Theatre
"Are You Lonesome Tonight" (electric & slide guitars).....San Diego Rep (1989)
"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (musical conductor & electric guitar)..San Diego Rep (1991)
"Reunion" (electric guitar).... independent production (1994)
"Dixie Highway" (acoustic & elecrtic guitars)....independent production (1994)
"A Christmas Carol" (acoustic guitar,percussion)....San Diego Rep (1994, '95, & ' 96)
"Suds" (electric guitar) &( musical director '97).... San Diego Rep (1996 & '97)
"Quilter's" (acoustic guitar).......... Lamb's Players (2001)