Longtime Minnesota drum corps enthusiast – performer, instructor, judge, supporter – John “Corky” Whitlock was recently elevated into full membership in the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame. He has been an associate member since 2002.
When asked what it meant to be “moved up” in membership status, he laughed, “I’m not sure just what’s involved with being ‘moved up.’ Have to pay more dues, I suppose!” he laughed.
“In any case, it’s an honor.”
He will be inducted into the Hall over Labor Day weekend.
After a year performing with St. Francis de Sales in 1956, Whitlock became a soprano soloist with St. Paul Scouts from 1957 to 1964 and Minnesota Brass from 1966 to 1976. He began arranging music in 1959; he has been brass arranger for numerous drum and bugle corps throughout the Midwest and Washington State, including Blue Stars, St Croix Rivermen, St. Paul Scouts and Minnesota Brass.
He has received the Brassy Award, the Minnesota Brass Hall of Fame and lifetime achievement award. He holds a college degree and has done post-graduate work in music education and taught public school instrumental music for 32 years.
He currently performs with the New Orleans-style Dirty Shorts Brass Band.