Dr Chester Phillips

Dr Chester Phillips

Music Performance Adjudicator


A native of Newnan, GA, Chester B. Phillips is in his ninth year as associate director of bands and director of athletic bands at Georgia State University. His primary responsibilities include conducting the Wind Orchestra, establishing and directing the University Marching Band, teaching conducting and overseeing all facets of the Athletic Bands.


In 2013, Dr. Phillips was presented the Dean’s Early Career Award by the College of Arts and Sciences for his outstanding work in teaching, service and professional development.

As a clinician, Dr. Phillips has presented at workshops including GMEA (GA), AMEA (AL), the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic (IL), the Music For All Summer Symposium (IN), Bands of America Regional Championships (TX and PA), Drum Corps Japan Instructors Clinic (Yokohama, Japan), and the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities (HI).

Dr. Phillips received the Bachelor of Music degree in music education from the University of Georgia, the Master of Music degree in music education from the University of Illinois and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting at the University of Georgia. His principal conducting teachers have been John P. Lynch and James Keene. He has conducted university, community and honor bands throughout the United States and in Europe.

With over 25 years of marching band experience, Dr. Phillips is well versed in all aspects of the activity. He is a guest clinician for concert bands throughout the Southeast and a visual designer and consultant for marching bands around the country. Dr. Phillips is a frequent consultant and designer for the Rauma Youth Band in Rauma, Finland. He serves as an adjudicator for Music for All, Bands of America, Drum Corps International, and Festivals of Music. In 2013 and 2015, Dr. Phillips traveled to Yokohama, Japan to judge for Drum Corps Japan. He was a member and soloist with the Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps and remains an active private trumpet instructor and freelance performer in the Atlanta area.

He is affiliated with professional organizations that include the National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, and Georgia Music Educators Association.