Teaches Clarinet, Saxophone
Areas of Instruction
Whitney Hess started music on clarinet taught by Walter Suchanek and played in the Wood County, WV school system. His father, Douglas Hess, was a band director who also fronted several local professional bands giving Whitney many early opportunities to play professionally. His first paying gig was at age 15 and he has never stopped. He also played in the school bands at Parkerburg High School with directors Ed McCown and Kent Jorgenson and then at Marshall University with J.D. Folsom. Along the way he had private lessons with Dr. Thomas O’Connell, Richard Board and George Dietz.
Currently a member of the RiverJam Show Band, the Kanawha Valley Community Band, the Smoot Theatre House Band and the Lost Cause Band, Whitney has had the opportunity to play with various local and national groups including Blood, Sweat and Tears; The Temptations; Tommy Tune; Lee Greenwood; The Four Tops; Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.; Lionel Ritchie; and the West Virginia Symphony.