Dr. Waage has been active as a professional musician and educator for over 30 years. His primary instrument is bass trombone, and is active as a conductor and as a performer on tenor trombone, euphonium, tuba, and electric bass.
His teaching credits include Southwest Minnesota State University (Marshall, Minn.), Wentworth Military Academy and College (Lexington, Mo.), and public schools in Missouri. He is active as a clinician throughout the Midwest, and maintains a private studio at his home in Independence, Missouri.
He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. His Master of Arts degree is from the University of Central Missouri, and his Bachelor of Science in Music is from William Jewell College. His teachers include Dr. JoDee Davis, Dr. David Stagg, Doug Bundy, Ben Gowler, and Shawn Campbell, and he has performed in masterclasses with Douglas Yeo, Dr. Abbie Conant and Mark Lawrence.
As a bass trombonist Dr. Waage currently performs with the Northland Cathedral Orchestra and the Abel Ramirez Big Band. He also serves as assistant conductor and staff arranger for the Northland Cathedral, Kansas City, Missouri.
His performing credits include the Liberty (Mo.) Symphony, Topeka (Kan.) Symphony, the St. Joseph (Mo.) Symphony, Marshall’s Band (Topeka, Kan.), the Western Missouri British Brass Band, the Boulevard Big Band (Kansas City, Mo.), and the Topeka (Kan.) Jazz Workshop.
Dr. Waage has presented recitals and masterclasses throughout the Midwest, and inn 2011, he was one of the featured soloists for Mississippi State University’s Brass Week.
He currently lives in Independence, Missouri with his wife of Kathy and their three dogs, Max, Sidney, and Roxie.