Whaley, Garwood

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Garwood Whaley


Born: November 21, 1942

Country: Dobbs Ferry, New York, U.S.A.

Studies: Juilliard (1965), The Catholic University of America (M.M.1971, D.M.A.1977)

Teachers: Saul Goodman, Morris Goldenberg

Garwood Whaley received degrees from the Juilliard School–where he studied with Morris Goldenberg and Saul Goodman–and The Catholic University of America where he earned a doctor of musical arts degree while performing with the United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own.” He is conductor emeritus of the Bishop Ireton Symphonic Wind Ensemble in Alexandria, Virginia, former adjunct professor of music at The Catholic University of America, past president of the Percussive Arts Society, former curriculum coordinator of instrumental music for the Diocese of Arlington Schools and president and founder of Meredith Music Publications. As director of Meredith Music, he has been responsible for the publication of some of the most exceptional performance and educational materials available today. More than 400 composers and authors are included in the Meredith catalog.

Gar wrote his first book in 1965 and since then has become one of the best known and best selling writers of percussion method books of all time with more than 300,000 copies of his books sold worldwide. He is the author of two of the most popular music method books of the past decade, Basics in Rhythm and Primary Handbook for Snare Drum and has written many other best sellers. He is the recipient of numerous awards in the field of music and music education including the prestigious Midwest Clinic Music Industry Award and continues to present clinic/workshops throughout the United States and Canada. His charities, both personal and corporate—through Meredith Music Publications—have provided thousands of dollars to individuals and organizations that promote music and provide music education opportunities. He lives with his wife Adele and Welsh terrier in Galesville, Maryland.[1]

Books on Percussion

Fundamental Studies

Fundamental Studies for Mallets
Fundamental Studies for Snare Drum
Fundamental Studies for Timpani

Primary Handbook

Primary Handbook for Snare Drum
Primary Handbook for Timpani
Primary Handbook for Mallets

Musical Studies

Musical Studies for the Intermediate Snare Drummer
Musical Studies for the Intermediate Timpanist
Musical Studies for the Intermediate Mallet Player

Snare Drum Duets

Beginning Duets for Snare Drum
Intermediate Duets for Snare Drum
Advanced Duets for Snare Drum


4 Mallet Fundamentals
The Art of Percussion Accessory Playing
The Art of Percussion Playing
The Art of Tambourine and Triangle Playing
Rhythm Reading for Drums, Book 1
Rhythm Reading for Drums, Book 2
Basics in Rhythm
Recital Pieces for Mallets
More Basics in Rhythm

Works for Percussion

Multiple Percussion

Audition Etudes - Snare Drum & Timpani & Keyboard Percussion & Multiple Percussion
More Audition Etudes - Snare Drum & Timpani & Keyboard Percussion & Multiple Percussion
Dialogue for Snare Drum and Timpani - Snare Drum & Timpani
Three Movements for Two Drums - Multiple Percussion

Snare Drum

Etude in Thirty-Seconds
Essay for Snare Drum
Concert Solos for the Intermediate Snare Drummer
Recital Duets for Snare Drum
Snare Drum Solos for the Advanced Beginner
Solos and Duets for Snare Drum


Scherzo for Timpani
Solos and Duets for Timpani
Statement for Timpani

Percussion Ensemble

Danza Al Greco - Percussion Quintet
Etude for Percussion Quartet - Percussion Quartet
Interplay for Percussion Sextet - Percussion Sextet
Introduction and March - Percussion Septet