Theatre Organist: Wayne Zimmerman, Sr.

Wayne Zimmerman

As a youngster, Wayne Zimmerman studied piano for seven years and organ for three. Through elementary school, high school, and college he played in various school bands and orchestras.

Through  the 1960’s and ‘70's Wayne served as organist at the Lansdowne Theatre, in Lansdowne, Pa, the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, Pa, and the Brookline Theatre in Havertown, Pa, providing Theatre Pipe Organ music before and between the featured movies.  In June, 1990 he was engaged as organist for the newly opened Merlin Theatre in suburban Philadelphia, where he appeared on Friday and Saturday evenings for more than three years.

Wayne has concertized from coast to coast and in Hawaii. He has performed locally for Delaware Valley TOS, GSTOS, Dickinson TOS, the Old York Road Organ Club, Keyboard World / Home Organists Adventure, The Hammond Organ Society, trade show product demonstrations, and at a number of home pipe and electronic organ installations. Especially thrilling for Wayne were two noontime performances he presented on the famed Wanamaker Pipe organ in the Center City, Philadelphia department store.

Wayne enjoys presenting his audiences with “good” music, including ballads, standards, Broadway show tunes, movie scores, operettas, marches, and holiday/seasonal music.  He also enjoys accompanying audience “sing-alongs,” and full length silent films.