Sarah Whitlock received her Bachelor of Music Education Degree at Illinois State University. At ISU, Mrs. Whitlock was active in many groups such as the Symphonic Winds, Chamber Winds, and the Big red Marching Machine. She was also president of the Delta Omicron Professional Music Fraternity. Upon graduation, Mrs. Whitlock taught Band and Choir at Bloom Township High School from 1999-2005. In 2005 she left Bloom to pursue her Masters in Wind Band Conducting from Central Michigan University. While at CMU, Mrs. Whitlock was a graduate teaching assistant and studied with Jack Williamson, formerly of Wheeling High School. There she taught undergraduate conducting, assisted with the Marching Chips, and conducted the Symphony and University Bands, and developed the Graduate Chamber Winds Program. During her time at CMU, Mrs. Whitlock was awarded the College Band Directors Association Gender and Ethics Scholarship at the Hart School of Music Conducting Symposium. Since Graduate School Mrs. Whitlock returned to Bloom Township District 206 as well as Argo Community High School. In addition, she has conducted several clinics in Michigan, Iowa, Indiana, and Illinois. She has been a guest conductor for the South Suburban College Symphonic Band and the South Inter-Conference Association Honor Band. Mrs. Whitlock marched with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps for eight years. She has instructed the Pioneer, Phantom Regiment brass lines and was Brass Caption head for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. In the summer of 2021, Mrs Whitlock was awarded the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Award. Mrs. Whitlock is in her 23 year of teaching and has been the Director of Bands at Homewood-Flossmoor High School since 2009.