Philip is a 1971 graduate of Temple University Bachelor of Music Education Degree.
From 1971 to 1973 he was employed by the Cortland County School District at DeRuyter Central School in DeRuyter New York as the instrumental teacher and band director for grades 4 to 12.
In 1972, Philip organize the school’s first Jazz Ensemble at DeRuyter.
In 1973 he became the band director and instrumental director for both the high school and Junior High School with the Nazareth Area School District, and 1979
the full-time band director and instrumental teacher for grades seven through nine.
As a director of Junior High instrumental music, Philip expanded the program which consisted of a concert band which performed two times a year to include a marching band, Jazz Ensemble, brass choir, woodwind choir, and performed over 40 performances in a single school year.
In 1987 he taught General music for grades six through eight until my retirement from public school education in 2004.
Prior to attending Temple, he was a member of the pioneer band in Allentown having performed with various groups in the Bethlehem Allentown Easton Area.
While at Temple, Philip studied trumpet with Seymour Rosenfeld, assistant first trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He also performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra as a member of the Temple University men’s Glee Club.
Philip’s true passion for music is in private instruction, as he take great pleasure in watching a student progress musically from elementary school through high school and in some cases perform in college bands.
Lessons include trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone horn, mellophone and tuba.