Dr. Gregory Xavier Whitmore is Conductor of the Wind Symphony, and Director of Instrumental Music at Irvine Valley College (Irvine, CA). Dr. Whitmore is also Music Director of the Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble (Irvine, CA). Dr. Whitmore, a native of Ypsilanti, Michigan, received his Bachelor’s Degree in Instrumental Music Education from The University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance in Ann Arbor, Michigan. While a student at The University of Michigan, Dr. Whitmore performed in the University of Michigan Bands; and Dr. Whitmore led the University of Michigan Marching Band as “Michigan’s Man Up Front” - Drum Major - from 1999 to 2001. Dr. Whitmore received his Master's Degree in Music with an emphasis in Wind Conducting from California State University Fullerton. Dr. Whitmore holds a Masters Degree, and a Doctorate in Music and Music Education from Columbia University (Teachers College) in the city of New York.
Second Place Winner of the 2017 American Prize in Conducting (Community Bands Division), Dr. Whitmore is a recognized member of Academic Key’s Who’s Who In Community Colleges Education, as well as four editions of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Dr. Whitmore has been included in the 2005/2006 Edition of the National Honor Roll’s Outstanding American Teachers. Mr. Whitmore is a Golden Apple Educator Award Recipient, and Orion Award Recipient for Excellence in Education. Dr. Whitmore was selected to represent the State of California by School Band and Orchestra Magazine in the 2008 edition of “50 Band Directors Who Make A Difference”.