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Jeff Phillips

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Dr. Jeffrey T. Phillips

is in his 33rd  year of teaching, currently at Hendersonville High School in Hendersonville, Tennessee, where he is the Director of Fine Arts in addition to conducting the Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Marching Band.  He has also taught at Pope John Paul II High School and as adjunct trombone instructor at Western Kentucky University.  He is in his 15th year on the Applied Music Faculty at Belmont University in Nashville where he teaches the trombone studio and performs with the Belmont Faculty Brass Quintet.  He has earned degrees from Middle Tennessee State University, Western Kentucky University, and Austin Peay State University, and California Coast University with his dissertation on “Implementing Standards in the Band and Orchestra Rehearsal” (which was been published in part by the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors).  Phillips also holds a Diploma in Trombone Performance from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

As a performer, he remains active as a freelance trombonist in the Nashville area performing with groups ranging from Mr. Jack Daniels Silver Cornet Band, to the Nashville Symphony.  In addition to various recitals and clinics, he has also been the featured performer with the Belmont Wind Ensemble and Belmont Jazz Ensemble. He is a charter member of the Tri-Star Brass Ensemble (which is a collaboration between Belmont, Vanderbilt, and MTSU Brass faculty members). 

Phillips has conducted clinics throughout Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina and Mississippi for students in middle school through college and is active as an adjudicator for music groups of all genres throughout the Southeast.  He has also published a variety of articles in the Bandworld, School Band and Orchestra and Tennessee Musician magazines and was a co-author of the MENC’s Strategies for Teaching series and has published numerous music reviews for the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors’ Journal.  He is a regular contributor to the Tennessee Musician and writes articles for the Jupiter/KHS America’s “getbanded.com” project.

Selected to the MTSU “Band of Blue Club” Hall of Fame in 1991, Phillips was also named as one of the MTSU School of Music’s Distinguished Alumni in 2017.  Phillips also was awarded the “Drum Major for Justice” award in 2016 by St. Luke’s African Methodist Episcopal Church for his work in the schools and community.

He has served as President of the Middle Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, and the Tennessee Chapter of the International Association for Jazz Education.  Phillips served two years as the TMEA State Band Chair and served two years as the National Treasurer for the American School Band Directors Association.  He was elected to the position of President-elect for the ASBDA and served in the office of President of this organization for the 2008-2009 year. He is currently the Chair of the ASBDA’s Goldman-Harding Awards committee and the Committee of Past Presidents.  He was also elected to the office of President for the Tennessee Music Education Association, which he served from 2015-2016. He now serves on the TMEA Da Capo Committee of Past Presidents.

Phillips also holds membership in a variety of music education associations including:  Phi Beta Mu, and the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors.  He is also the Lay Leader of Saundersville United Methodist Church in Hendersonville and is a Certified Lay Servant with the Cumberland District of the United Methodist Church and is currently a candidate for ministry.  In 2012, he founded the Sumner County Community Concert Band which he conducted for five years.

He is active with the Free and Accepted Masons, Hendersonville (TN) lodge 359 (serving as Senior Deacon), the Scottish Rite (where he directs the Wind Ensemble), York Rite, and Al Menah Shrine and Sonora (AL) lodge 635.  In his “spare” time, he resides in Foley, Alabama with his rescue dog, Ginger.

Phillips is also a Jupiter Band Instrument Performing Artist and Educational Clinician and performs on Jupiter and XO trombones and euphoniums exclusively.

Contact: (615) 460-6408 or jeff.phillips@adjuncts.belmont.edu