Department of Music
John M.  Wetherington

John M. Wetherington

Lecturer and Affiliate Artist

253-535-7602 (office)



Directs Pep Band, and teaches brass & woodwind lab courses.


M.S. in Education, Southern Oregon University

B.M., Pacific Lutheran University

John M. Wetherington is the director of band and orchestra and chair of the fine arts and world languages department at Bethel Senior High School in Spanaway, Washington. He is a part time faculty member at Pacific Lutheran University where he teaches the brass and woodwind lab courses and has for 20 years been the director of the football Pep Band. (Go Lutes!) 

John holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Pacific Lutheran University. He earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Music Education from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. John has continued to study as a member of the Advanced Study Group at the American Band College.

Prior to his present position, John also recently taught elementary band at Shining Mountain Elementary School, and in the past was the director of bands at Frontier Junior High School and Curtis Junior High School.  While at Frontier he founded the Frontier Jazz Festival, a regional festival that attracts over 30 school jazz ensembles to Graham each spring. For nearly 10 years, John was also the director of the Tacoma Debut Wind Ensemble, which is the entry level wind, brass, and percussion ensemble for the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association (TYSA).  He was the 1998 Washington State winner of the ASBDA/UMI Distinguished Young Band Director’s Award.

John is an active guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician. He has adjudicated at many large group and solo/ensemble contests throughout Western Washington, and has served as the guest conductor for several regional massed and honor band festivals.  He has served the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) as a conference presenter, All-State Wind Ensemble organizing chair, and is currently President of the Mountain Region.

As a professional trombonist, John’s performance experience includes many years with the Swing Reunion Orchestra, the South Sound Symphonic Band, and as a guest performer in many other local ensembles.  You may have seen him perform as a member of the orchestra for Scrooge, the Musical. 

John tries very hard to put his family first.  He continues to enjoy encouraging his daughter Brontë in all of her musical and athletic endeavors.  To support her ice skating activities he has gladly taken on the role of “Prop Dad” at the rink.  He has helped create and transport props for the ISI World Team Competition and to the USFS competition in Sun Valley.  As the prop manager for the 2012 Reflections On Ice show, he donated over 140 hours of his time in the 5 weeks leading up to the show.

In his spare time, John enjoys activities that honor others.  He is an associate member of the Silent Service Motorcycle Club and a member of the Patriot Guard Riders.  He rides in honor of his 91 year old dad who served in the Navy for the duration of WWII. 

He makes his home in Spanaway with his wife Katie and daughter Brontë.