The Wayward Companions transports their audiences back in time to the taverns and parlors of the 18th century. With members from diverse musical backgrounds, they perform in period attire and play instrumental and vocal selections in a style familiar to Washington, Jefferson, and their contemporaries. The band was founded in the Pittsburgh area in 2004 by classically trained musician William Lockard and Laura Lockard. Shortly thereafter, Thomas Crytzer entered with his own skillful guitar playing and vocals.
The trio performed at a variety of venues and living history festivals, garnering positive responses from audiences. In 2016, classically trained lyric soprano Tiffany Apan joined the ensemble. As a welcome addition, she not only brought her own unique rock-opera style to vocal selections, but took to playing percussion in the instrumentals. Throughout the summer of 2017, the quartet had a successful season entertaining audiences at multiple festivals.
Recently, the sound of the ensemble was enhanced with the addition of cellist, Mia Fantozzi. Mia enriches the music of The Wayward Companions with a strong bass while complimenting the other members beautifully.
Audiences have raved about the band, calling The Wayward Companions a time portal to the days of old and their performances delightful. The band continues to perform in a variety of historically inspired settings, while also putting on their own events with the Pittsburgh Historical Music Society, an 18th century period style orchestra conducted by William Lockard.