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By: Laura Damron |
July 1, 2019
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
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
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.
To learn more about UPIKE Bands, click here.