Brent Phillips
Baylor University
Waco Symphony Orchestra
Abilene Philharmonic
Brent Phillips
Brent Phillips is Associate Professor of Trombone at Baylor University. Prior to his position at Baylor, Mr. Phillips was assistant principal trombone of “The President’s Own” US Marine Band in Washington DC and is currently principal trombone of the Abilene Philharmonic and the Waco Symphony Orchestra. He was the principal trombone of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra for 15 seasons while concurrently performing in the Marine Band.

Mr. Phillips has soloed with the “President’s Own” on thirty separate occasions and has been a featured soloist with the Harrisburg Symphony on five occasions to include the world premiere of “TARKUS” by Scott McAllister which received rave reviews and was featured in articles by the New York Times, Classically Hip and NPR.

He has been invited to perform as a soloist at the 2005 and 2007 Eastern Trombone Workshops in Washington DC, the 2013 International Trombone Festival in Columbus GA and has given recitals in Ostend Belgium, Santa Fe Argentina, Fasano Italy, Panama City Panama and throughout the US in many of our nations prestigious universities and conservatories.

Mr. Phillips performed the 2015-2017 seasons with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra on both principal and second trombone and has toured with the DSO to the Netherlands, Germany and Vienna in 2012 and performed with the DSO in the Vail Bravo Music Festival. He also performs regularly with the Houston Symphony and has recent performances with the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Houston Grand Opera and Ballet orchestras. Additionally, he has performed on bass trumpet both with the Dallas Symphony and the Houston Grand Opera.

His recording credits include the Marine Band, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, “Performance Today” on public radio, “Four American Stories” with the Baylor Brass, “Myths and Legends” and “Diversions” with Stentorian Consort, and three solo CD’s on the Potenza Music label. He is honored to have recorded Mahler’s Sixth and Mahler’s Third symphonies with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Jaap Van Zweden. He has just released his third solo CD on the Potenza Music Label (Spring 2019) entitled “Meditations” for Trombone. This recording features landmark world premiere releases and have received critical acclaim.

Mr. Phillips is also a founding member of the Texas Select Trombone Quartet. Members of the quartet are faculty at Texas Tech and perform in orchestras in Fort Worth, Abilene, Lubbock, Dallas and the New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. This exciting new quartet was invited to perform at the 2018 International Trombone Festival and toured Texas.

Mr. Phillips is the director of the Mountain Light Music Festival - an intensive brass residency in Pagosa Springs Colorado. This faith-based chamber music festival is led by the Baylor Brass Faculty Quintet. Faculty and students perform concerts throughout the week in the Pagosa Springs area.

During his fifteenth-year teaching tenure at Baylor, Mr. Phillips’ students have been selected as finalist and winners of national and international solo competitions, quartet competitions and are performing in full time professional orchestras or teaching at major universities.

Mr. Phillips studied with the bass trombonist of the Houston Symphony, David Waters and earned both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Mr. Phillips plays on a Shires trombone and serves on the faculty of the Round Top Music Festival each summer.

In addition to his work on the faculties at Baylor and the Mountain Light Music Festival, he guides backpacking trips with Voice of the Wilderness and enjoys racing mountain bikes and competing in triathlons with his youngest son Keyson. He has been married to his beautiful wife Meredith since 1995