UF marching band heads to London Olympics

The homecoming festivities begin withthe annual University of Florida homecoming parade. Now in its 88thyear, the homecoming parade includes floats and representatives fromlocal organizations, student groups, and public figures. Among thesewere the mayor of Gainesville, the UF marching band, local highschool and university ROTC units, and representatives from theGainesville Regional Airport.

UF Marching Band before football game on 11/21/09

UF Marching Band at the Homecoming/Gator Growl Parade 2012

UF marching band heads to London Olympics

The Gator Band Alumni Association supports the University of Florida Fightin' Gator Marching Band, also known as The Pride of the Sunshine, the official marching band for the University of Florida. The UF Marching Band has been recognized nationally and received the highest honor a collegiate band with the Sudler Trophy in 2013, also known as the “Heisman Trophy of the collegiate band world” presented by the John Phillip Sousa Foundation. The Gator Marching Band was invited to perform at the 2012 Olympics in London.

UF Marching Band before football game on 11/21/09

A native of upstate New York, Dr. Phillips served on the executive board of the New York State Band Directors Association as 2nd Vice President of membership, 1st Vice President overseeing the annual state symposium and clinics and was President-Elect. Dr. Phillips has directed and performed in multiple musical pit orchestras, managed a family recreation musical group in Central New York, and has been a guest conductor of multiple honor wind band and jazz ensembles. Dr. Phillips’ groups are credited with a history of superior ratings in wind band, jazz ensemble, and multiple awards in marching band. He served on the staff of the International Bands of America Tour in Europe, managed the University of Florida Wind Symphony’s performance to Carnegie Hall, and was on the UF marching band instructional staff that performed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. Dr. Phillips has over 21 years of teaching experience in New York and Florida as well as management experience in the music industry.

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