Mr. Marc Whitlock currently serves as the Chief Judge for the WGI Winds division. â€œI am honored and humbled to be involved with WGI Winds. This ever-growing activity is such a wonderfully expressive genre for our creative youth and I am proud to be a part of it.â€�
Mr. Whitlock is the currently serves as the band director for Discovery Middle School in Canton, Michigan. The Discovery Middle School Band Program consists of approximately 200 students (25% of the schoolâ€™s population) in grades 6-8. Students have opportunities to perform in concert bands, chamber ensembles, percussion ensembles, and other small instrumental groups throughout the year. The Discovery Band has earned consistent superior ratings at district and state band festivals and chamber festivals, commissioned and premiered â€œStone Gardensâ€� by Robert W. Smith, and was awarded the Mark of Excellence by the Foundation of Music Education and was the winner for the state of Michigan.
Mr. Whitlock has also been a band director at the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park in Michigan, Hebron High School in Texas, and Marian Catholic High School in Illinois. During his time as a high school band director, his bands earned consistent superior ratings at band festivals and chamber festivals, the UIL Sweepstakes Award, fourteen state marching band championships, eight Bands of America national class championships, and three times was named the Bands of America Grand National Champion. His bands were also selected for the Music For All National Concert Band Festival and the Presidential Inauguration.
Mr. Whitlock was formerly the music manager/supervisor for the Broadway production of Blast!, which won a Tony award and an Emmy award.Â Other honors include being selected to represent the state of Michigan in the School Band and Orchestra magazine special edition, â€œ50 Band Directors Who Make A Differenceâ€�, instructed select performers for the NBA All-Star game, the Olympics in Atlanta, was a founding staff member of the U.S. Army All-American Band, and has also performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. His articles have been published in publications such as School Band and Orchestra, Michigan Music Educator, and the Maine Music Educator Association, and he has also given webinars for several organizations including the National Association of Music Parents (AMP).
Mr. Whitlock has been actively involved in the drum corps activity since 1980 and has been in demand as a clinician/program consultant/designer for many corps, including the Blue Stars, The Cadets, Carolina Crown, The Cavaliers, Madison Scouts, Phantom Regiment, Santa Clara Vanguard, Star of Indiana, and the Troopers. Many of the drum corps he has worked with have been DCI Finalists, recipients of the Jim Ott High Brass Award and have been crowned the DCI World Champions. Many of the marching bands he as worked with have been named State Champions, BOA class champions, and BOA National Finalists.
Mr. Whitlock has served as an adjudicator for marching bands, drum corps, percussion ensembles, winter drumlines, and for concert bands and orchestras. His affiliations include the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA), the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA), the Michigan Competing Bands Association (MCBA), the Michigan Colorguard Circuit (MCGC), the Carolina Winter Ensemble Association (CWEA), Drum Corps International (DCI), Bands of America (BOA), and serves as Chief Judge for the Winterguard International Winds division (WGI).Â Besides adjudicating for invitational contests across the country, he has also served as an adjudicator for state championships in Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, and South Carolina, and has also adjudicated for the Bands of America Grand National Championships and the WGI World Championships.
Mr. Whitlock is happily married to his wife Kellie and they have three wonderful children.