"His work is well wrought and refreshingly original but at the same time more accessible to the average listener than most new music. Mr. Wayne seems to understand what our age needs at this point. Thus, he is capable of writing in the popular idiom as well, and of transforming it into serious symphonic music which has the beat and throb of the more vernacular styles of today. Has not classical music always drawn upon folk and dance music?"
Maurice Edwards Artistic Director Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra"I have been impressed with his growth as a writer. I was fortunate to have seen the National Institute of Music Theater's reading of Neon and can understand why NIMT felt the work worthy of support."
Bernice Cohen ASCAP
Jerry Ben-Asher Metro West Jewish News
Mark J. Petracca The New Review of Records
"The Rock-n-Roll piano concerto is lots of fun, serious fun, and very well written."
Lukas Foss Composer
"A pleasant, accessible tonal language, the piece is certainly technically very adroit. Your (Funk) symphony will be instantly popular and successful."
Gunther Schuller Composer, Conductor, Performer
"If Josef Haydn could use Austrian folk music in his symphonies, if Schubert could indulge the Landler, Ives create congestions of band marches, hymns, anthems and popular songs, then why shouldn't Hayden Wayne write vivacious symphonies based on (and subtitled) Reggae, Heavy Metal and Funk? His four movement, 45-minute Symphony #4 "Funk" is pervasively dominated by finger-snapping syncopations of funk, that campy distillation of rhythm and blues, rock and jazz. Using the resources of a large orchestra, Wayne goes on to accrete thrilling crescendos and climaxes in the manner of Rossini's comic finales."
Scott MacClelland Coast Weekly
"Another classic example of the error in jumping to conclusions. Spare Me! I said when this disc arrived. But what a pleasant surprise! Wayne's work is both exciting and imaginative. His symphony #4 subtitled "Funk" is the final segment in a trilogy of symphonies beginning with No.2 Reggae and continuing with #3 Heavy Metal. The Fourth Symphony is unself-conscious and bluesy - with a 'well here I am' soulful directness to it. Its rhythms are loose-limbed, pulsating and appropriately unpunctual. The symphony has a rather purposeful symphonic development of funk motives and a wide variety of textures and moods. All four movements of the symphony are Allegros built on ostinatos of slightly different proportions with the second Allegro offering several quite dramatic stretches. Shared thematic and rhythmic material bring a cohesion to the whole affair. In sum, Wayne's Fourth Symphony is essentially a dance symphony for the very late twentieth century and I can see a youngish Aaron Copland or Leonard Bernstein (ah, were they still around!) writing a work such as this in the nineties. I enjoyed the heck out of it."
Stephen Ellis Fanfare Magazine
"... and just plain entertaining-Hayden Wayne's Fourth Symphony on New Millennium Records."
Stephen Ellis Fanfare Magazine "1997 Want List"