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Friends of Whitman Music

Friends of Whitman Music (FOWM)

Teachers and students in the Music Room with instruments

Whitman’s support group is called “The Friends of Whitman Music” and they can be contacted through the Friends of Whitman Music Website.

Friends of Whitman Music (FOWM) is a group of families and friends who advocate, volunteer, and raise funds for our Music Programs. We work with Ms. Gunn to support all music programs. All are welcome to attend and support Whitman musicians.

FOWM is comprised of parents, guardians, and community members who are committed to supporting music education for all Whitman students.


WMS Auditorium with concert on stage
Cameras were up at the EIM (Elementary Instrumental Music) Day at WMS. 5th Graders had a chance to learn about our Whitman Music Program and perform on our stage!

Ms. Gunn and the Whitman Music Program hosted about sixty-five (65!) 5th Grade Musicians from our feeder elementary schools this weekend for an Elementary Instrumental Music (EIM) Day.

These students got to visit Whitman, learn from Ms. Gunn and some area Music Teachers, and work alongside our Whitman Student Volunteers.

They practiced how to work on their specific parts in small groups and then come together on our stage to play as a complete Band or  Orchestra! We saw a lot of smiling students and proud parents this weekend! Way to go Ms. Gunn! Congrats to our WMS Music Student Volunteers!

FOWM Meetings

The FOWM planning team meets remotely on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. to discuss activities for the Whitman Music Program.

  • Feb 8 at 6 p.m. We will host a hybrid meeting this time – both on Teams and in person at school. Look for an email from FOWM!

All parents/guardians are welcome to join us! For a meeting link or any information at all please send us an email at


  • March 22, 6 p.m. Intro Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Intro Band
  • March 23, 6 p.m. Intermediate Band, Concert Band, and Jazz Band

Visit the FOWM website for current updates and meeting information.

Jazz Band

Please join our Remind text service if you haven’t yet. We only have about half of people signed up. This is used for time-sensitive announcements such as morning-of cancellations of Jazz Band. It is imperative that we have 100% of families signed up for this service.

Remind for Jazz Band

We use Remind to send out updates and last minute news for the Jazz Band.


student playing violin and student playing trumpet

Open to Grades: 6, 7 & 8. The music program is a big part of Whitman. Students can take band or orchestra as a full-year elective. Music classes are open to beginners as well as experienced students.

  • Play some of your favorite music and learn some new types of music! Some examples of things we’ve played this year are..
    • Theme from Mission Impossible
    • Raider’s March
    • “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” from Encanto
    • Music from the genres of Jazz, Fiddle, Pop, and music from other countries!
  • Orchestra
    • Violin, Viola, Cello, Upright Bass
  • Band Instruments
    • Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba, Percussion
      • Percussion students are required to learn both mallets and drums
      • Saxophone and Percussion students are required to. have at least one year of experience on another instrument