Marc Whitlock
Brass Instructor, The Cadets
BA - Morehead State University
MA - Sam Houston State University

Mr. Marc Whitlock is thrilled to be back as a staff member for the Cadets! He has been actively involved in the drum corps activity since 1980 and has been in demand as an educator/clinician/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 has worked with have been named State Champions, BOA class champions, and BOA National Finalists.

Mr. Whitlock serves as Chief Judge for WGI Winds, and also adjudicates for marching bands, drum corps, percussion ensembles, winter drumlines, 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 e-Adjudicate. 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, and is listed as a Master Judge by the Marching Roundtable Judges Academy.

Mr. Whitlock was formerly the music manager/supervisor for the Broadway production of Blast!, which won a Tony award and an Emmy award.  Other honors include being selected to represent the state of Michigan in the School Band and Orchestra magazine special edition, “50 Band Directors Who Make A Difference”, instructed select performers for the NBA All-Star game, the Olympics in Atlanta (with The Cadets), 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 currently serves as the band director for Discovery Middle School in Canton, Michigan. The Discovery Band has earned consistent superior ratings at district, state, and national band festivals during his tenure. The Foundation of Music Education through its national wind honors project, The Mark of Excellence, has recognized the Discovery Middle School Band for their outstanding musical achievement. This is a recorded music contest offering bands, choirs, and orchestras the unprecedented opportunity to earn national recognition for their musical achievement. Discovery Middle School Band met their high-standard criteria and was selected as the winner from 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 multiple performances at the Music For All National Concert Band Festival and performed for the 2001 Presidential Inauguration.

Mr. Whitlock is happily married to Kellie Whitlock, and they have three wonderful children.


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