UPIKE band director Dr. Michael Phillips

UPIKE’s director of bands receives fellowship

University of Pikeville Director of Bands Michael Phillips, Ph.D., has recently been selected as a 2019 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation-College Music Society (CMS) Fellow. The award recognizes Phillips for demonstrating a strong interest in sharing his knowledge about the music industry with UPIKE students. According to CMS, the NAMM Foundation-CMS Fellows Program supports “individuals who exhibit commitment and aptitude for developing curricula related to business leadership and innovation in the music products industry.”

The program, which represents nine national districts, encourages fellows to develop curricula pertaining to the music industry and provides an opportunity for fellows to attend the Summer NAMM event in Nashville, Tenn., this July. Summer NAMM is expected to attract more than 14,000 participants and more than 1,600 music brands representing over $5 billion in buying power.

During the event, Phillips will participate in three days of specialized programming – including orientation to the GenNext College Music Program which integrates college music students and music industry educators, discussions with the NAMM Foundation and music industry leaders, and a tour of music industry sites in Nashville. He will also be a special guest at the National Music Council’s annual American Eagle Award ceremony to honor legendary musicians George Clinton and Vince Gauraldi, and at NAMM’s Top 100 Dealer Awards ceremony to celebrate achievements of national and international music retailers.

Phillips graduated from one of the largest music industry programs in the U.S. – the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam. He brings to UPIKE years of experience working in the music industry. As the university’s director of bands, in the spring 2019 semester, Phillips taught an Introduction to Management in the Music Business course during which several guests in the music business from Los Angeles to West Point, NY, interacted with UPIKE students.

Phillips is actively rebuilding instrumental music at UPIKE to include wind, jazz and rock bands, and, coming soon, a marching arts program. UPIKE Bands achieved more than 52 performances in 2018-2019, instituted the Master Artist Workshop Series that brought three performing artists to campus and local public schools, and established Pikeville as the official Eastern Kentucky Tuba Christmas location of the Harvey Phillips Foundation. Additionally, UPIKE Bands began hosting the Appalachian Institute of Music Summer Camp on campus.

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