Supporting the Whitman Middle School Music Program

"Music can change the world because it can change people" ~ Bono

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Meet the Instructor

We are proud to have a very accomplished music teacher inspiring students in our Band and Orchestra ensembles at Whitman.

Joel Orsen studied music education at the University of Washington. Mr. Orsen has directed Band and Jazz Band at Whitman since 2008. When not teaching, Mr. Orsen is very active performing with professional and volunteer music groups, including the Seattle Sounders Soundwave Marching Band, the Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline, and the University of Washington Alumni Band. If you see Mr. Orsen at a game come say Hi!


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Join us to help support the Whitman music program!  Come to the next Friends of Whitman Music meeting. Check out the Calendar for all upcoming events & meetings.  To find out what we're doing read the FOWM Meeting minutes.

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Whitman Middle School Music Program

About Music at Whitman Middle School

The Whitman Music Program has grown exponentially in the past five years and is an unqualified success! This success is due to its fabulous directors and the continuing support of its parent community.

Friends of Whitman Music is committed to supporting music education and to providing all students with an opportunity to explore music at Whitman. We welcome any parents, guardians, and community members who want to join us in our efforts.

We need your parent/guardian support at Whitman! Due to continuing budgetary cut backs, the district is not able to provide adequate funding to purchase all of the necessary sheet music, supplies, and equipment necessary to support a healthy music program. Our group, through its fundraising efforts, funds the music education program at Whitman Middle School.

Each year, we have various fundraising campaigns, such as bake sales at concerts, tee shirt sales, solicitation of private/corporate donations, and seeking out sponsorship and grants. In addition to raising money, we always need volunteers to help out at concerts, photograph and video performances, chaperone field trips, and bake and sell baked goods at the concerts.

At the beginning of the school year, we also ask the music teachers to provide a wish list of items that they need for their program. An individual or group can purchase items on the list and donate the item to the program directly, or they can solicit music stores and other businesses to donate to the Whitman Music Program. Gently used items can be donated as well.