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‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’: Highlights from the Upward Together Launch

Whitman College launched its most ambitious fundraising campaign in school history—on Oct. 12–14 in Walla Walla, Washington.

Enjoy highlights from the launch weekend of Upward Together. The campaign will focus on key priorities to enhance and enrich the student experience—from access and affordability to campus life and mental health.


The Upward Together Band Rocked the Stage!

At a communitywide celebration, the newly dubbed “Upward Together Band”—made up of students, faculty and alumni including Trustee Drew Shoals ’05, Corporate Counsel at Amazon Music and former drummer of the American rock band Train. Fittingly, the new supergroup ended the celebration with an inspiring rendition of the classic “Ain't No Mountain High Enough.”


The Upward Together Band

  • Lau Paula Officer ’23 vocals
  • Marina Balasanyan ’24 vocals
  • Gary Gemberling trumpet, Lecturer of Music
  • Dave Glenn trombone, Professor Emeritus of Music
  • Doug Scarborough keyboard, Associate Professor of Music
  • Jake Barokas ’18 guitar
  • Michael Simon bass, Sr. Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music
  • Drew Shoals ’05 drums, Whitman Trustee

Upward Together: On the Road!

Upcoming regional events include celebrations at T-Mobile Park in Seattle and in Denver, New York and Washington D.C. Register to join now!

To learn more about the campaign, visit whitman.edu/upwardtogether.

Published on Nov 1, 2023
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