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Dr. Jeffrey T. Phillips

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Dr. Jeffrey T. Phillips

Jeff 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, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Marching Band. He has also taught at Pope John Paul II High School in Hendersonville, Tennessee and as adjunct trombone instructor at Western Kentucky University. He is in his 14th 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 has been published in part by the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors). He 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 the 1969 Rock and Roll Band to the Tennessee Philharmonic and the Nashville Wind Ensemble. 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 founding member of the Tri-Star Brass Ensemble, comprised of faculty from Belmont, Vanderbilt, and MTSU.
Phillips has conducted clinics throughout Tennessee, 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 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 and currently serves as the chair of the Goldman-Harding Awards Committee.  His initiatives with ASBDA during his tenure included a National Task Force on School Reform in cooperation with the American Bandmasters Association and a partnership with the Jason Foundation, Inc. on teen suicide prevention. He is  Past-President of the Tennessee Music Education Association. Phillips recently was named a finalist in Music and Arts “Music Educator of the Year” for 2017 and has served on the adjudication board for the ENKOR International Music Competition for four years.  In 2012, he founded the Sumner County Community Concert Band which he conducted for 6 years.
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 Pastor of Saundersville United Methodist Church in Hendersonville. In 2016, Phillips was awarded the “Drum Major for Justice” award from St. Luke’s AME Church.
He is active with the Free and Accepted Masons, Hendersonville (TN) lodge 359 and Sonora (AL) lodge 365, the Scottish Rite, York Rite, and Al Menah Shrine. 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.