Douglas Phillips

Acting Director of Bands; Visiting Assistant Professor of Music

Douglas Phillips is acting director of bands and visiting assistant professor of music at Stetson University's School of Music. Phillips is the conductor of the Stetson University Symphonic Band and teaches courses in advanced instrumental conducting and music education. He serves as a supervisor for music education interns.

Prior to his appointment at Stetson University, Phillips served as associate director of bands and assistant professor of music at Western Illinois University (2005 to 2009), associate director of bands at The University of Virginia (2004 to 2005) and taught public school in the State of Florida, where he was director of bands at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville (2003 to 2004) and director of instrumental music at Merritt Island High School in Merritt Island, Fla. (2001 to 2003). As a tenure-track faculty member, Phillips was twice nominated (2008 and 2009) as an "Outstanding Academic Advisor" at Western Illinois University.

In May 2012 Phillips received his doctor of musical arts degree, focusing on instrumental conducting, from the University of Miami's Frost School of Music. His other degrees include a bachelor of music education from Stetson University (1999) and a master of music in instrumental conducting from Western Michigan University (2001). While a member of the graduate program at Western Michigan University, Phillips was awarded the Graduate Award for Outstanding Teaching in the School of Music (2001), and was a recipient of the All-University Award for Graduate Student Teaching Effectiveness (2001).

Phillips serves annually as a member of the faculty for the Stetson University Double Reed Workshop (2001 to present) and the Stetson University Clarinet Clinic (2007 to present). Both workshops are intense week-long summer clinics where Phillips is the conductor of the workshops' Double-Reed Bands and Clarinet Choirs. Phillips is also active and sought-after as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator with various middle school, high school and university-level ensembles. He is regularly invited to conduct county and state honor bands.

Phillips currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Band Association as the chair of the organization's Awards Committee. He holds additional active memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, the College Music Society, the Florida Bandmasters Association, the Florida Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.


  • D.M.A., instrumental conducting, University of Miami, 2012
  • M.M., instrumental conducting, Western Michigan University, 2001
  • B.M.E., instrumental (general), Stetson University, 1999

Research Interests

  • Conducting: pedagogy and performance
  • Wind ensemble/band literature
  • Wind band history
  • Music education

Course Topics

  • University Symphonic Band
  • Advanced Instrumental Conducting
  • Marching Band Methods
  • Music in Secondary Schools
  • Student Teaching Supervisor


  • "The University of Miami Frost Wind Ensemble 1993-2012: Repertoire, Commissions, and Premieres." (2012) Doctor of Musical Arts Essay/Dissertation. University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida.
  • "2005 Season in Review - WIU Marching Leathernecks; Douglas L. Phillips, director," CD & DVD. (2006). Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois.
  • "Selected Wind Music of Richard Strauss." (2001) Master's Thesis. Western Michigan University, School of Music, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Douglas Phillips

Faculty Expert

  • Wind ensemble/band literature
  • Wind band/ensemble history
  • Conducting
  • Music education

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