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Phillip hails from Sandbach, the home of Foden's Band, which he joined in 1981 at the age of 14. At 18 he headed to the Guildhall School of Music, where he studied trumpet with Paul Cosh and Rod Franks and conducting with Alan Hazeldine.

After graduating Phillip developed a marketing career, firstly with Boosey & Hawkes, then The Guinness Book of Records, where he was Head of Marketing & P.R. In 1998 he became Sales & Marketing Director with Faber Music, also creating the successful wind band and brass band catalogues signing Kenneth Hesketh, Simon Dobson and Gavin Higgins. In 2011 he became a freelance PR & Marketing Consultant and an independent publisher of brass and wind band music. His work also extends to others including Boosey & Hawkes, Chester Music and Peters Edition.

Maintaining his banding throughout, Phillip played with Hanwell, Regent and Redbridge before moving his banding ties back to the North with BNFL Band (Leyland) in 1993, remaining on the front row for three years. In 1996, Phillip took up the baton taking Brent Brass to the National Finals in 1996 & 1997 (the latter crowned as National Champions). He then went on to the Luton Band, Regent Brass and then Ware Brass in 2006, a post he relinquished in July 2017 when he moved to the Isle of Wight. He is now the Musical Director of both Gosport Solent Brass and Abbey Brass (a new island band formed in 2021).

As a producer, Phillip has been responsible for several award winning recordings and produced a significant number of educational products. Since returning to adjudication in 2011, he has appeared at both the London & Southern Counties and West of England Regionals on several occasions, Butlin’s Mineworkers and also at association contests across the South of England.

29 West Street, Ryde, Isle of Wight PO33 2QQ

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