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Whaley conducts first IVCC Wind Ensemble Concert Oct. 3

llinois Valley Community College’s Wind Ensemble will offer a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 in the Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Centre.


The performance will include the music of John Williams, Malcolm Arnold, James Barnes, Glenn Osser, Clifton Williams, Harold Arlen and John Philip Sousa. Selections include Midway March, Symphonic Dance No. 3 “Fiesta,” and The Wizard of Oz, amongst others.


Under the direction of new conductor Phil Whaley, the ensemble includes IVCC students, local and regional music educators and community members dedicated to the promotion of quality wind and percussion music.


Whaley earned a bachelor’s in music education from Western Michigan University and a master’s in music education from VanderCook College of Music. He taught general music in Port Huron, Mich., for grades K-5, was the K-8 music/choir/band director at Bureau Valley North Grade School in Walnut and is currently the grades 5-8 band director at Parkside Middle School in Peru.


He is an active trumpet player with area municipal bands and churches and serves as the Illinois Music Education Association All-State Honors Band Chairperson. Whaley has been recognized as a La Salle County Excellence in Education recipient and is a member of the International Bandmasters Fraternity Phi Beta Mu and National Association for Music Education.