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Rebecca Phillips

Associate Professor of Music / Associate Director of Bands / Director of Athletic Bands
School of Music

Phone: 803-777-4278


Dr. Rebecca Phillips (Associate Professor) is the Director of Athletic Bands and Associate Director of Bands at the University of South Carolina where she is responsible for directing the Symphonic Winds Concert Band, “The Mighty Sound of the Southeast” Carolina Marching Band, “Concocktion” Basketball and Volleyball Pep Bands, teaching undergraduate instrumental conducting, and directing the Carolina Summer Drum Major Clinic.

Under Dr. Phillips' direction, the USC Symphonic Winds was a featured ensemble at the 2012 College Band Director’s National Association Southern Division Conference (CBDNA), the 2010 Society of Composers International Conference, and the 2008 North American Saxophone Alliance International Convention. Dr. Phillips conducted the world premiere of John Fitz Rogers Narragansett as a guest of the USC Wind Ensemble at the 2013 CBDNA National Convention. Previously, she was a guest conductor the USC Wind Ensemble on their 2012 national tour of China with performances in Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Shaoxing, and Ningbo. In addition, she conducted the consortium premiere of John Mackey’s Harvest: Concerto for Trombone and Wind Ensemble in 2011.

In 2011, Dr. Phillips was asked to take the over the roll of Director of Athletic Bands at the University of South Carolina. She was tasked with developing and implementing a new vision of growth, spirit, and pride for the Carolina Band. Under her leadership, The “Mighty Sound of the Southeast” has grown from 248 members to 325+ in two seasons and the band has been hailed as the “best contribution to the Gamecock game day atmosphere.” In addition to performing at all home and away games during the regular season, the Carolina Band performs for post-season conference championship and bowl games, including the 2012 Outback Bowl and the 2011 Capitol One Bowl. Dr. Phillips and the Carolina Band will be releasing a new Compact Disc in August of 2013, highlighting the 2012 season.

Dr. Phillips has served as a clinician and guest-conductor throughout the United States, including her invitation as a 2008 Midwest Clinic rehearsal clinician, conducting performances with the University of Indianapolis Wind Ensemble, the Florida State University Symphonic Band, the University of South Florida Wind Ensemble and various high school and college honor bands. Under her directions, the Louisiana State University Wind Ensemble performed a consortium premiere of John Mackey’s Turbine in 2006 and the world premiere of Brett Dietz’s Crop Circles with the LSU Symphonic Winds. Her conducting performances of David del Tredici’s In Wartime and John Mackey’s Redline Tango are both featured on the nationally distributed Louisiana State University Wind Ensemble compact disc project.

As a trombonist, Phillips’ performances can be found on several internationally distributed recordings. She has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, U.S. Army Band (Pershing’s Own), the Tallahassee Symphony, and the Tampa Bay Opera Orchestra. She has also performed internationally in England, Mexico, the Caribbean, Russia, and Sweden, and has toured as a trombonist with Johnny Mathis and Barry Manilow.

A native of Washington, D.C., Dr. Phillips earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Florida State University, Master of Music degrees in conducting and trombone performance from the University of South Florida, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting at Louisiana State University.  She served as a secondary school band director for seven years in Florida, including Director of Bands at Howard W. Blake Performing Arts High School in Tampa, Florida where she developed an award-winning concert band program. Dr. Phillips holds memberships in the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE), the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), and the National Band Association (NBA).