Downbeat Big Band

Phillip plays guitar for Downbeat. A veteran of the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD), he is currently Music Director at Standley Middle School. Phil received his a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, and went on to study at SDSU as a Graduate Assistant under Charles Yates and Harold Warman. He holds teaching credentials in California and Missouri.

A 19-time honoree of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Phil has distinguished himself as an outstanding educator. He is the founder of the University City High School Centurion Band and co-founder of the San Diego Youth Philharmonic Orchestra Intermediate Symphony. Among his many honors are the PTSA Honorary Service Award, KUSI TV’s “Class Act: Teacher of the Week,” SDUSD Site Teacher of the Year, and Outstanding Young Men of America. He is the recipient of the David Paul Schuchman Memorial Award for Outstanding Secondary Music Teacher of the Year for SDUSD, and was selected as a national finalist in the Barbie Arts Teacher of the Year National Search. In 2005, he was selected as the Director of the SDUSD All-City Elementary Honor Band.

Phil has performed with the San Diego Opera, Charger Band, the Super Bowl “Bud Band,” and on radio and TV in commercial spots and shorts. He received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Television Director for the drama “Waiting for Al”; the Video Expo ’91 award for the orientation video “The Boys & Girls Club of Escondido Welcomes You”; and The Leading Edge Award for “The Next Generation is ASD”. He is a member of the SCSBOA, CBDA, CMEA, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Students of Mr. Marcus perform with Downbeat, The Jazz Ensemble, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, San Diego Youth Symphony, San Diego Young Artist’s Symphony, Civic Youth Orchestra Palomar College, Grossmont Symphonic Orchestra, San Diego State University, the San Francisco Conservatory, UCLA Marching Band, USC’s Thornton School of Music, and the cast of the original Broadway musical “Jersey Boys.”

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