Dr. Whaley was educated at the Juilliard School of Music and at The Catholic University of America where he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree. While completing graduate work, he performed for six years with The United States Army Band in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Whaley has been the recipient of the Outstanding Secondary Educators of America Award, Outstanding National Catholic Bandmaster, The National Band Association's Citation of Excellence, The National Federation Interscholastic Music Association Outstanding Music Educator Award, the John Philip Sousa Foundation's Legion of Honor Award and has been included in Who's Who in American Music and the International Who's Who in Music. He has performed as conductor, adjudicator and clinician throughout the United States and is a popular lecturer for university music education programs and school in-service workshops. In addition, he has been extensively involved in music publishing. He is the author of more than twenty highly acclaimed method books for percussion instruments, two supplementary band methods (co-author), solos and ensembles and articles for various music journals. In 1979, he founded Meredith Music Publications and in the same year joined Music for Percussion, Inc. as chief editor.