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Phillips Guild History

The late Robert "Bob" Phillips, a chemist by profession, was a gifted amateur musician, conductor, music teacher and mentor. During his time in Indianapolis, he formed many musical groups for the benefit of serious musicians, amateur and professional, including concert bands, jazz groups and chamber ensembles of every type. He invited young musicians into his home for lessons in music of all styles from concert to jazz to pops.


Following his death in 1991, the ensembles thrived; however, the educational mission went dormant.


In 1997, a group of Bob's former students formed the Phillips Music Guild in order to give life to the educational activities that Bob so loved. The Guild invites talented and committed young band students from Indianapolis Public Schools and other Central Indiana schools to participate in regular sessions of ensemble playing and small group instruction throughout the school year.

Through the Phillips Music Guild, professional and amateur musicians throughout the community volunteer their time to work with the music students, giving them a unique opportunity to hone music skills and gain important life experiences.