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Taylor L. Whitehead

Whitehead, Taylor L.

Music Unit

Adjunct Instructor

Location: Davis Hall
Email: twhitehead@vsu.edu

Taylor Leonard Whitehead was born in Farmville, Virginia on April 24, 1973. He attended Central Senior High School in Victoria, Virginia where he played tuba and also served as the marching band’s drum major his junior and senior year. A graduate of Virginia State University, Taylor participated in the VSU Marching “Trojan Explosion” where he served as sousaphone section leader from 1993-1996. He also participated in the Brass Ensemble, Pep Band and Concert Band. He graduated from Virginia State in May of 1996 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Music Education. He received his Master's of Music Education from Norfolk State University in 2008.

In July of 1997, he accepted the position of Band Director of Warren County High School in Warrenton, North Carolina. Under his leadership, the Warren County High School “Dynamic Marching Machine” has become one of the most successful showstyle bands in the state of North Carolina and throughout the nation winning nine National Drumline Championships, seven National High Stepping Band Championships, two National Danceline Championships, two National Auxiliary Championships as well as five State High Stepping Band Championships. In July of 2013, Taylor also returned to alma mater to serve as the Assistant Band Director at Virginia State University.

He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, Kappa Kappa Psi National Band Fraternity, Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Service Sorority, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Tuba Phi Tuba Brass Fellowship, Mu Phi Sigma National Percussion Fraternity and Phi Delta Kappa International Association as well as many other professional organizations. He has served as President of the North Carolina Showstyle Band Director’s Association as well as advisor to the National Board for High Stepping Nationals and the Grand Board for Tuba Phi Tuba Brass Fellowship. In 2010-2011, he was selected at the Warren County High School Teacher of the Year. He was also selected at the Spectacular Magazine “Man of the Year” in Education in 2013.

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