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Born in Abilene, Texas and raised in Mount Vernon, Ohio, Wiester began playing with local jazz bands in his teens. After studying music at Ohio State University, Wiester worked as a freelance trombonist for several years, notably with Woody Herman in the mid-1970s.
Wiester has taught jazz studies at Capital University in Columbus (leaving that position in the early '90s), and has worked with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, the Kenley Players, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, the Rick Brunetto Big Band, Ernie Krivda's Fat Tuesday Big Band, and many others including his own big band, the Famous Jazz Orchestra. Vaughn was one of the original members of The Keith Henson Octet and his playing and arrangements were featured on Henson's two CD's, "Our Delight," and "Perkin' with the Keith Henson Octet." A friend of Bill Holman, Wiester is also a very talented arranger. Wiester's arrangement of Charles Mingus' composition, "Duke Ellington Sound of Love" was recorded on the Woody Herman LP, "Road Father." Wiester performs with his Famous Jazz Orchestra on Monday nights at the Clintonville Women's Club, near the Park of Roses in Columbus, Ohio.
- Bowers, Jack (2009-03-01). "Big Band Caravan". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-05-25.
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