Dr. Wayne Bucknor

Collaborative Pianist

Wayne Bucknor is professor of piano at Oakwood University,
where he has taught since 1998. He is also an active songwriter
and accomplished a feat of composing a song a day for the 2016
calendar year.


Bucknor was born in Queens, New York, and grew up in Orlando,
Florida. He graduated from Oakwood College in 1994 with a BA in
Music and a BS in Computer Science. Bucknor completed a
Master of Music Ed. at Alabama A&M University in 1998 and a
Doctorate in Musical Arts in piano performance and pedagogy at
the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 2008.


Bucknor is a concert pianist and has had the opportunity to
perform George Gershwin’s Catfish Row Symphonic Suite with
the National Orchestra of Lyon in Lyon, France, and Beethoven’s
Piano Concerto no. 3 with members of the Huntsville,
Philadelphia and Washington D.C. symphony orchestras. He is
also a songwriter, producer, and arranger for soloists and groups,
including Virtue (I Must Tell Jesus, Angels Watching Over Me, Till
You Believe (piano), the Madison Mission Mass Choir (Great and
Marvelous, Open Praise, Lord We Have Come, etc.), Ann
McCrary, Duawne Starling, Darwin Hobbs(God Restores), True
Identity(Gave Me One More Day, God Covers Me) and others
who have included his work for them on their recordings. In
September and October 2006, he toured in Japan with the
nationally known Grammy award-winning group Take 6, where he
substituted for the ensembles baritone Cedric Dent. He
substituted for Khristian Dentley for a Take 6 Christmas tour in
December 2015. In December 2013, he served as music director,
orchestrator, and arranger for the Michael Card and Phil Keaggy
Christmas Tour. He is also an accompanist for the choral group
The Aeolians of Oakwood University, who were awarded the
distinction of Choir of the World in 2017.

Bucknor completed a CD album entitled 40 Years: God Is Good.
The songs were all written, arranged, and produced by Bucknor
and includes a couple of piano solos, and original gospel songs
featuring Duawne Starling, Tamara Bodie, Committed, Sherice
Tomlin, Carmen Hope Thomas, Milton Doggette, Jamel Strong,
Robbie Pressley, Theron Thomas, Bryan Cordell,
Kevin, Shavonne Sampson, and the Bucknor Kids. He is a
published writer through GIA publications and self-publishes
through his company, Bucknor Publishing. Bucknor is married to
Carmen Byars. They have three children, Nina, Wayne II, and
Cameryn.