Dr. Whaley was educated at the Juilliard School of Music and at The Catholic University of America where he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree. While completing graduate work, he performed for six years with The United States Army Band in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Whaley has been the recipient of the Outstanding Secondary Educators of America Award, Outstanding National Catholic Bandmaster, The National Band Association's Citation of Excellence, The National Federation Interscholastic Music Association Outstanding Music Educator Award, the John Philip Sousa Foundation's Legion of Honor Award and has been included in Who's Who in American Music and the International Who's Who in Music. He has performed as conductor, adjudicator and clinician throughout the United States and is a popular lecturer for university music education programs and school in-service workshops. In addition, he has been extensively involved in music publishing. He is the author of more than twenty highly acclaimed method books for percussion instruments, two supplementary band methods (co-author), solos and ensembles and articles for various music journals. In 1979, he founded Meredith Music Publications and in the same year joined Music for Percussion, Inc. as chief editor.
Rhythm Reading for Drums provides a highly organized, systematic approach to reading and understanding rhythm for the beginning drummer/percussionist. Basic rhythm patterns including counting system and foot tapping indications are introduced on each page in eight-measure studies followed by a short solo. Each solo serves as a page summary and a...
This is a collection of musically challenging yet practical solos for the mature beginner through intermediate levels. Left pages contain no rolls, right pages utilize rolls – allowing students to experience dynamically expressive playing before rolls are fully developed. Solo features include: numerous dynamic changes • a variety of meters...
The solos and duets contained in this collection were composed to provide educational and musically challenging works for contest or recital. Each piece was written to assist the performer in developing technique and musical expression.
Primary handbook for snare drum is a comprehensive text that conatains creative student projects and pracical studies. Included in his volume are: - Rudiments - Reading - Repetition Studies - Duets - Student Composition assignments
Basics in Rhythm is a comprehensive collection of rhythm exercises for any instrumn in individual or group instruction. He purpose of this text is to introduce and develop the rhythms and rhythmic devices common to Western and popular music.