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ID: John Nicholas Waynelovich

  • John Waynelovich<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • John Waynelovich<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • John Waynelovich<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • John Waynelovich<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • John Waynelovich<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • John Waynelovich<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • John Waynelovich<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • John Waynelovich<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

Jazz pianist John Waynelovich grew up in a musical family and recorded his first CD, “A Year from Now,” when he was 19 years old. In 2007 he joined the band Barefoot Truth as the keyboardist and spent three years touring full time. He now teaches high school kids what music is all about.

Full name: John Nicholas Waynelovich

People know you as: Wayno

Date and place of birth: Dec. 20, 1986, Turners Falls

Job: Easthampton High School music director

Who lives under the same roof as you? Me, myself and I

Education: Westfield State University (music education)

Hobbies: Music, fitness, basketball, musical theater, acting, poker, singing, competitive Koosh hooping, pitch, Wii tennis, writing music

Book you’d recommend to a friend: “Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner” by Dean Karnazes

Favorite movie: It’s a tie: “The Goonies” and “Rounders”

Favorite musician: Jamie Cullum

Five items you can’t live without: Family, piano, basketball shorts, candy, my contact lenses

Last thing you purchased just for fun: A giant 6-foot-by-4-foot whiteboard to hang in my room primarily for ideas, inspiration and organization. Now that’s fun

What’s at the top of your bucket list? To play in the main event of the World Series of Poker, to own at least one baby grand piano

Life-changing experience: Traveling as a full-time musician with Barefoot Truth

Strangest job you ever held: My job was to hide and be Santa Claus’ voice while he was flying in via helicopter. There were over 1,000 people there and somehow I didn’t get fired

Your current Facebook status: Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone

A little-known fact about you: I ran my first marathon two years ago, followed by a celebration marathon in Las Vegas where I ran the strip at night

Dumbest thing you ever did: Ran the Las Vegas Marathon

One product you’d like to see return: Cassette players. Just so people would value listening to music more again as well as have an opportunity to make a true mix tape

What really sets you off? When people are oblivious to how their actions affect people around them

If you could spend the day with a celebrity from any time in history, who would it be? Frank Sinatra, hands down. The man had it figured out. From music to style, and you know that there are some unbelievable stories to be heard

Best advice you ever got: If you want to do something, do something about it

Favorite place to get a bite: Goten of Japan in Sunderland. They do hibachi the right way

Favorite team/athlete: The Indiana Pacers, Reggie Miller #31: He had a competitiveness to win that was evident in the way he played. He also had a style to his game that was irreplaceable. I’ll never forget growing up watching him sink three after three. Inspirational. A true competitor

What does your ideal weekend look like? Ideally it looks like a free-open weekend. Time is the only thing I can ask for. I would hope to fill it with a variety of people and places, ending with a Sunday night of music in a low-key setting

One thing you would change about yourself: The need to be doing 1,000 things at the same time. I don’t know if I find that lifestyle or that lifestyle finds me. Either way, there are some days I’d like to be a little more simple

What gives you the creeps? Bones sticking out or a large snake. Not really into either of those subjects

People who knew you in high school thought you were: Short. And motivated

Whom do you most admire? My dad. He loves what he does and he’ll be doing it until he leaves us. To put it in perspective, he wrapped it up like this: “Why would you ever need a vacation if you love what you do?” I truly admire his drive. It’s unbeatable

Parting shot: Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today

Editor’s Note - To suggest someone for ID, email Keri-Ann Aubin at kaubin@gazettenet.com.

Photo By Jerrey Roberts

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