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Douglas Phillips

Director of Bands
Assistant Professor of Music, Conducting 

Douglas L. Phillips is Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music in the School of Music at Stetson University where he serves as music director and conductor of the Stetson University Symphonic Band, director of the Hatter Band and Pep Band, an academic advisor, and teaches courses in music education, wind band literature, and instrumental conducting. Prior to his appointment at Stetson, Dr. Phillips served as Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Western Illinois University, Associate Director of Bands at The University of Virginia, and taught public school in the state of Florida where he was Director of Bands at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville and Director of Instrumental Music at Merritt Island High School in Merritt Island. Dr. Phillips was twice nominated as an "Outstanding Academic Advisor" at Western Illinois University, and was recently awarded a Stetson University Top Hatt er Award for "Outstanding Organization Advisor."

In addition to his duties at Stetson University, Dr. Phillips is honored to serve as the music director and conductor of the Southern Winds wind symphony. Southern Winds is an ensemble comprised of Stetson faculty and alumni, band directors, music educators, and other music professionals from Central Florida. Southern Winds performs annually as the featured ensemble for the FBA Hall of Fame Roll of Distinction Concert and is regularly invited to perform for the Florida Bandmasters Association Summer Conference. Honored by an invitation from the International Clarinet Association, Southern Winds served as the featured concert band at ClarinetFest® 2017 (July 2017) in Orlando, Florida, and was honored to collaborate with four of the world's preeminent clarinet soloists: Nicholas Baldeyrou, Julie DeRoche, Alex Fiterstein and Anna Hashimoto.

Active and sought-after as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, Dr. Phillips is regularly invited to conduct county and state honor bands, as well as work with middle school, high school, community, and university-level ensembles. During the summer months, Dr. Phillips serves as a member of the faculty for several Stetson University Summer Music Camps. These camps are intense weeklong summer workshops where Dr. Phillips is the conductor of the camp's Double-Reed Bands, Clarinet Choirs, Saxophone Choirs, Flute Choirs, and Brass Ensembles.

Dr. Phillips maintains active professional memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, the College Music Society, the Florida Bandmasters Association, the Florida Music Education Association, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the National Band Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma and is a Sigma Alpha Iota "Friend of the Arts." As a leader in the field of music Dr. Phillips has recently served on the National Band Association's Board of Directors as the chair of the NBA Awards Committee (2006-2014), and he currently serves as the faculty advisor for the Stetson University student chapters of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and CNAfME, the host for the Florida Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame at Stetson University, a member of the FBA Hall of Fame Board of Directors, and as a member of the FBA Clinics Committee.


  • 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
  • Intermediate Instrumental Conducting
  • Marching Band Methods
  • Wind Band Literature

Douglas Phillips

Faculty Expert

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

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