Lorenzo “Tony” Wyche
Lorenzo “Tony” Wyche - is a man with a profound passion for music. He came of age as a trumpeter in the late 1960’s, living in Roosevelt, Long Island, NY, performing with local bands at dances and nightclubs as a teenager. Lorenzo received his earliest formal musical training at the Juilliard School preparatory division for children. He went on to earn a bachelor's and master's degree in music performance.
“I was very fortunate to come through at a time when a lot of young people played in bands, and live music was everywhere.” - Lorenzo
From the mid 1970’s to the early 1990’s, Lorenzo toured and/or recorded with hit soul, funk, disco, pop, rap, and R&B artists such as: Stevie Wonder, Public Enemy, Gloria Gaynor, Sam & Dave, Ronnie Dyson, Stacey Lattisaw, The Four Tops, Deborah Harry, The Tymes, Charles Earland, Ecstasy Passion & Pain, The Joneses, Zulema, Gene Chandler, and many, many more.
Through the years, Lorenzo worked the New York City private party circuit with New York’s top party bands, performing at thousands of private and corporate events. He also did a stint touring the U.S. as a trumpeter with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey Circus Orchestra.
“Having the opportunity to tour and perform throughout the United States and in many countries around the world, with the recording stars of the day, was a great experience” - Lorenzo
His desire to share his passion with young people was the catalyst for his career in music education. Under the auspices of VH1 “Save the Music”, Lorenzo developed instrumental music programs for the City of New York Department of Education. He was featured in the New York Daily News for his work in the South Bronx, and his programs were applauded in a national broadcast supporting music education. Lorenzo was a faculty member, teaching orchestra at the Hempstead Public School District, Hempstead, NY from 2002 until his retirement in 2016.
Lorenzo firmly believes that the arts can make a difference in the world and in the lives of each of us.
Watch: VH1 “Save The Music” tribute