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, former chief editor for Music for Percussion, Inc., and president and founder of Meredith Music Publications (1979). 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. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2011 Midwest Clinic’s prestigious Music Industry Award.
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 400,000 copies of his books sold worldwide. He is the author of more than twenty highly acclaimed method books for percussion instruments, two supplementary band methods (co-author), solos and ensembles and numerous articles for music journals. His many publications for percussion instruments have provided educational resources for thousands of students and have become standard texts worldwide.