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Mark Phillips

Mark Phillips

Locations:

  • Syosset

I grew up in Melbourne, Australia and developed my love of music at a young age after taking a single piano lesson. The saxophone however, became my true passion after meeting and looking up to the local players in Melbourne, and I eventually went on to study it at University level, attaining my degree in classical saxophone repertoire. During this time I began teaching at various high schools and working professionally as a performer in jazz and classical settings, as well as musical theatre pit orchestras.

At the age of 23, I decided to relocate to NYC to continue to push my studies with some of my jazz idols, and as a multi-instrumentalist, I also took the opportunity to study flute and clarinet. This was a huge move from small suburb in Australia, but I have never looked back. I have since performed all over the country in many genres, including appearances at the SXSW festival in Austin, TX, a performance piece at the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, and I was even on an episode of ‘Vinyl’ on HBO!

Currently I am a member of ‘The Queens Cartoonists”, performing music from classic cartoons at performing arts centers across the country and enjoy a healthy teaching schedule where my students learn all sort of music whilst having fun along the way! I believe we play music because we enjoy it, and I strive to help my students find their way, and enjoy themselves throughout the learning process.

  • Holds a Bachelor of Music (Hons.) from the University of Melbourne, studying under Ian Godfrey and Barry Cockcroft
  • Extensive experience both in the US and Australia as a professional woodwind performer on saxophones, clarinets, flutes
  • Has performed with groups including Ed Palermo Big Band, The Australian Army Band, The Victoria Police Showband and supported artists including Olivia Newton-John, Gavin Degraw and Aaron Carter.
  • Former teaching artist at the Louis Armstrong House Museum
  • Current member of The Queens Cartoonists (www.thequeenscartoonists.com)