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Wayne Fletcher was born on July 23, in May Pen Clarendon, Jamaica. An only child, Wayne quickly discovered his passion for the drums at the tender age of 10, when he could always be found intently studying the local percussionists in his community. Wayne would return home where he would get into trouble for imitating the drum play with kitchen utensils, pots and pans, often breaking dishes. After realizing his musical gift could not be denied, Wayne began studying with music teacher Mr. Dez Rose, who quickly began cultivating Wayne by making him the drummer in his band “Dez Rose and the Expresser.”
Inspired by the realization that the drummer is the heartbeat of the band, Wayne Fletcher ventured to take on the responsibility. He started playing the drums professionally at age 18, with various Reggae bands for vacation hotspots such as Sandals Negril, Hedonism III, and Beaches Hotels. He eventually landed a residency at Breeze’s Runaway Bay with the Wright Inc. Band, backing up and coming Reggae artists such as A.J. Brown, Frankie Paul, and popular Jamaican Cabaret singer Gem Myers. This success led Wayne to expand his musical affiliations and migrate to the U.S. in 2009.
Now residing in Jamaica Queens, New York, Wayne Fletcher has played for, toured with, and recorded with some of the biggest names in Reggae Music including: Burning Spear, Bushman, Beenie Man, Kenyatta Hill & Culture, Alton Ellis, and Andrew Tosh, son of the late great Peter Tosh. Fletcher has traveled across the U.S., throughout Europe, and all over the Caribbean blazing stages on a wide variety of drum sets in his career, and has mastered them all. He endorses Exodus Cymbals, Silverfox Drumsticks, Cympad, Kickport.
Given the nickname ‘Greatwall’ by band mates because his playing is so firm and solid, Wayne credits his influences Carlton Barrett of the Wailers, Dennis Chambers of Santana, Carter Beauford of Dave Matthews Band, and childhood friend Jubba White of Jamaica’s Dubtonic Kru for helping perfect his sound.
Wayne has truly lived and will continue to live his motto “Music is life and life is music.” As a natural born musician, Wayne believes that music is a true expression of the soul, mind, and body. Wayne Fletcher often quotes the late reggae icon Bob Marley; “When music hits you feel no pain,” and he truly humbled to play a part in this Industry.