Band Division Vice President Elect

The following individuals are on the ballot for the position of Band Division Vice President Elect:


Brian Covey

Educational Degrees and Schools:

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bachelor of Music Education (2001)

VanderCook College of Music, Master of Music Education (2006)

University of St. Francis, Master of Educational Leadership (2009)


Teaching Experience:

Director of Bands/Visual and Performing Arts Chair, Lockport Township HS (2003-Current)

Associate Director of Bands, Lockport Township High School (2001-2003)


ILMEA Leadership Experience and Professional Achievements or Awards:

Illinois Music Education Association District 1 President (2013-Current)

ILMEA District 1 Band Representative (2008-2013)

National Band Association North Central Division Chair (2014-Current)

NBA Board of Directors High School Representative (2008-2014)

The Midwest Clinic Featured Performer (2008, 2013)

University of Illinois Superstate Honor Band (2006, 2014)

ILMEA IMEC Featured Performer (2007, 2010)

ILMEA IMEC Clinic Presenter with Lockport Bands (2014, 2015)

NBA Conference Presenter (2014)

John Philip Sousa Sudler Flag of Honor Recipient NBA Blue Ribbon of Excellence National Winner National Wind Band Honors National Winner (2010, 2013)

Phi Beta Mu National Band Masters Fraternity


Why would you like to run for this position?

As an elected leader and active member of with other national band organizations and through extensive performance opportunities, I feel that I am uniquely qualified to serve in this position. The ILMEA is an ideal organization to empower an in increase in level of instruction and performance of band programs in the state. My experiences and relationships are ideal to facilitate the expansion of resources for band directors through exposure to clinicians, enhanced performance opportunities across the state, and quality learning opportunities for both teachers and students at the IMEC.


Philip Whaley

Educational Degrees and Schools:

Bachelor's of Music in Music Education-Instrumental Music Emphasis: Western Michigan Univ.

Master's of Music Education: VanderCook College of Music


Teaching Experience: 

Elementary General Music Teacher; Port Huron School District, Port Huron, MI (1997-1999)

K-8 Music, Band, & Choir Teacher; Bureau Valley North JHS, Walnut, IL (1999-2001)

Band Director & 5th Grade General Music Teacher; Peru Parkside School, Peru, IL (2001-current)

Brass Instructor; Illinois Valley Community College, Oglesby, IL (2011-2012)

Private Middle & High School Brass Instructor; Peru, IL (1999-current)


ILMEA Leadership Experience/Achievements or Awards:

IMEC All-State Honors Band Chairperson, January 2008-current

ILMEA Emerging Leadership Conference participant, October 2010

Phi Beta Mu Band Honor Fraternity, January 2015-current

Center Podium Conductor for Honors Concert Combined Performance of Illinois, IMEC 2015


Why would you like to run for this position?

I have been the IMEC All-State Honors Band Chairperson for 8 years, and in that time I have worked very closely with the top high school musicians in our state as well as internationally acclaimed guest conductors, some of whom include Eugene Corporon, Gary Green, Ray Cramer, etc. I have also worked very closely with many members of the ILMEA Board of Directors. My experience has enabled me to identify potential areas of improvement for ILMEA as a whole and the Band Division in particular, and I seek the opportunity to serve as a representative in a leadership capacity within ILMEA. 


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