Piano, Vocal, All Brass, All Woodwind, Percussion and Guitar
Phil studied Piano and cornet from the age of 4, completing his grades in piano at the age of 16. He played in many Salvation Army brass bands, mainly on cornet, but also played Euphonium, trombone, tenor horn, and other brass instruments. He commenced studying vocal from a teacher at the Sydney Conservatorium after he finished school, and later completed his grades in both vocal and trumpet. He has taught music on and off for over 40 years. In the 1980’s Phil toured the USA with an elite choir, singing tenor.
Phil arrived in Bathurst in 1994, where he completed a degree in Exercise physiology, partly paid for by teaching piano after hours, then worked as the PDHPE teacher and Sportsmaster at The Scots School Bathurst for three years. After leaving The Scots School, he opened his own fitness business called Fat Cat Fitness which operated for two years, during which time he continued to teach music. After this he began working for the Conservatorium of Music in Bathurst, which continued for a number of years, teaching brass and vocal, as well as conducting many school bands and the conservatorium junior choir.
In 2006 Phil and his wife Cath commenced Harmonikos, to cater for the needs of Bathurst music students, and be an alternative to the Conservatorium. Phil currently teaches most instruments, particularly brass and vocal, as well as teaching at a number of schools around Bathurst. He is also a regular member of the Macquarie Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as conducting and playing in both the Harmonikos Jazz Band and the Kelso High stage band.