Supporting the Whitman Middle School Music Program

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

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The 7th & 8th Band and Orchestra students are fundraising for the Silverwood Music Competition by selling holiday wreaths and garlands. Sales are live on School Pay and continue through November 2. School Pay can be easily accessed from The Source.

This Spring, Whitman’s Senior Band, Senior Jazz Band, and Senior Orchestra students will have an opportunity to attend the Music in the Parks Festival in Coeur D’Alene, ID. This is a two-night trip where students will perform and compete against other ensembles around the region. The students will perform in the morning and then spend the rest of the day at Silverwood Theme Park. The trip takes place from May 31-June 2nd.

We kindly ask families to get involved with our Holiday Wreath & Garland Fundraiser. This has been a proven success in years past and can significantly offset travel costs for each student. Costs are not final, but can reach over $300 per student without any fundraising. We challenge you to reach out to friends, family, and neighbors. The top 10 sellers will be awarded a prize!

Upcoming Events

22-Oct             Friends of Whitman Music

19-Nov            Friends of Whitman Music

19-20-Nov      Wreath Delivery

04-Dec            Winter Concert

17-Dec            Friends of Whitman Music

28-Jan             Friends of Whitman Music

25-Feb            Friends of Whitman Music

05-March        Spring Concert

08-March        Whitman Band Festival

18-March        Friends of Whitman Music

15-Apr            Friends of Whitman Music

20-May           Friends of Whitman Music

04-June          Summer Concert

Meet the Instructor

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

This is Mr. Orsen’s 9th year at Whitman Middle School. He received his degree in Music Education from the University of Washington. When not teaching, he enjoys playing with local bands, including the Seattle Sounders Sound Wave Marching Band and the University of Washington Alumni Band.

Alliance for Education Donation

Want to help provide exciting sheet music, registration fees for amazing festivals, shiny new mallets, or an in-tune piano? 

Make a fast and easy direct donation using the link below.  
Please earmark your donation for
Whitman Middle School Music Program

Questions about volunteering? Email the Leadership!

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.

About Music at Whitman Middle School

The Whitman Music Program has grown exponentially in the past six years and is an unqualified success! This success is due to its fabulous director 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.

Whitman Middle School 9201 15th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 252-1200