Phil graduated from Chandler High School in Arizona, where he began his musical journey under the instruction of one of his mentors, Wardell King.

After graduation in 2014, Phil started teaching at Cesar Chavez High School in Phoenix and was reunited with Mr. King at Vision Indoor Percussion. After his age-out year at Vision, Phil began teaching at Chandler High School. Currently, Phil serves as Percussion Caption Head and Arranger at McClintock High School in Tempe, Arizona. 

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