Douglas Phillips

Douglas Phillips

Director of Bands, Associate Professor of Music, Conducting

From performing arts public schools to the collegiate level, Dr. Phillips has invested much of his time into his students. As the director of bands and conductor of multiple bands at Stetson, he gives his all to his students.

  • 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


Course Sampling

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

Areas of Expertise

  • Wind instruments
  • Band conducting


Douglas L. Phillips is Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music (conducting) in the School of Music at Stetson University. Dr. Phillips is the music director and conductor of the Stetson University Symphonic Band, the director of the Stetson Hatter Band and Pep Band, serves as an academic advisor, and teaches courses in music education and instrumental conducting.

Prior to his appointment at Stetson University, 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 Hatter Award for "Outstanding Organization Advisor."

In addition to his duties at Stetson University, Dr. Phillips serves as the music director and principal conductor of the Southern Winds wind symphony. The Southern Winds is an adult ensemble comprised of Stetson faculty and alumni, band directors, music teachers, and other music professionals.

In May 2012, Dr. Phillips received the Doctor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Prior degrees include the Bachelor of Music Education (Cum Laude) from Stetson University (1999), and the Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from Western Michigan University (2001).

Dr. Phillips annually serves as a member of the faculty for several Stetson University summer music camps, including: the Double Reed Workshop, the Clarinet Clinic, the Saxophone Workshop and the Brass Camp. All four camps/workshops are intense weeklong summer camps where Dr. Phillips is the conductor of the workshop’s/camp’s Double-Reed Bands, Clarinet Choirs, Saxophone Choirs, and Brass Ensembles. Phillips is also active and sought-after as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator with middle school, high school and university level ensembles, and is regularly invited to conduct county and state honor bands.

Dr. Phillips holds active professional memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, the College Music Society, the Florida Bandmasters Association, the Florida Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the National Band Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, 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 Board of Directors of the National Band Association 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.


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


  • "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.