WGI Sport of the Arts announced today that Marc Whitlock has been retained as the first chief judge for the newly created Winds division. The 2016 season saw 50 groups participating at the local regional level, with 33 continuing on to the world championships in Dayton, Ohio, this past April representing a 65% increase in registrations over the inaugural season in 2015.
Mr. Marc Whitlock currently serves as the band director for Discovery Middle School in Canton, Michigan. 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 “Stone Gardens” 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 MFA National Concert Band Festival and the Presidential Inauguration.
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, Cadets, Carolina Crown, 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 WGI Sport of the Arts Winds division (WGI). 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.
“I am extremely excited to announce Marc Whitlock as the first WGI Winds Chief Judge. Marc is very highly regarded in the band world and in demand as an adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor,” said Wayne Markworth, Director of Winds. “His knowledge of all aspects of the judging activity will be a great asset for WGI Winds as we continue to grow. I look forward to working with Marc on the WGI Winds administrative team.”