Phillip Marion is a highly accomplished brass player from Philadelphia, PA, currently pursuing a Doctorate in Musical Arts from James Madison University and working as an Administrative Assistant for the Nelly Berman School of Music. He is an international award winning performer on euphonium and trombone, most recently performing solo euphonium for the James Madison University Brass Band in their Runner-Up Placing in the Championship Division of the North American Brass Band Association’s (NABBA) 2019 Contest, and placing first in the Solo Division of the NABBA 2018 Low Brass Slow Melody Contest.
He has performed principle and solo euphonium with many great ensembles across the United States, including: the Brass Band and Wind Symphony of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA; the Philadelphia Wind Symphony; and the Atlantic Brass Band of the Greater Philadelphia area. In addition, he has played trombone in jazz, symphony, and wind orchestras, such as the Waynesboro Symphony, and James Madison’s Symphony Orchestra. And, throughout his fifteen years of performing, his skill and personality have shown in every piece he plays.
Phillip is a teacher of brass instruments for students of all ages and all levels of musicianship. With teaching experience up to the university level, he proves to be a very inspiring mentor who loves helping others grow and spreading his passion for music. His teaching approach is three-fold: first, he teaches students to create personal goals, typically focusing on learning techniques and their application in performance; second, he meets students where they are in their musical journeys and encourages them through positive critiques to achieve these goals; and finally, he constantly leads by example, demonstrating to his students the kind of professional musician they can become.
Phillip has studied with some of the world’s top brass performers, including Pennsylvania Ballet tubist and Grammy Award-winner Jay Krush, euphonium soloist and clinician Dr. Brian Bowman, and tuba soloist, chamber musician, and conductor Kevin Stees. These expert teachers have helped him develop both highly acclaimed musical technique and a deep passion for the art.