Whit Sidener


IU Jacobs School of Music Jazz Alumni Hall of Fame (2016)


Whit Sidener attended Indiana University in the mid-1960s and was a member of the Indiana University Jazz Ensemble for the 1966 tour of the Near and Middle East under the direction of Jerry Coker. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in music performance at the University of Miami and subsequently joined the faculty. He became chair of the Department of Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami, one of the leading jazz programs in the country. At Miami, he led the Frost Concert Jazz Band, which recorded and toured extensively and won 15 "DownBeat" Student Music Awards. Sidener has played saxophones and flute on nine platinum albums, three platinum singles and three gold singles with the Bee Gees, Andy Gibb and K.C. and the Sunshine Band.