Whaley previously served as the percussion director at Dobyns-Bennett High School and John Sevier Middle School for seven years. Whaley is a member of the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, is affiliated with the Percussive Arts Society and is an Innovative Percussion educational artist. He is a graduate of East Tennessee State University, where he was a member of the marching band, indoor marching percussion ensemble and wind ensemble. Whaley has performed at Carnegie Hall and for several Percussive Arts Society international conventions. He currently serves as music minister at Hunter First Baptist Church.