The Dr. Phillips High School Band Program is a comprehensive instrumental music program of over 250 students in grades 9-12. Current course offerings include multiple concert and jazz bands, Percussion Ensemble, Colorguard, Electronic Music and Sound Engineering, Music History, Keyboarding, and AP Music Theory. In the Fall, all students participate in the Dr. Phillips High School Panther Marching Band.
As the Visual and Performing Arts Magnet school of Orange County Public Schools, many of our members go on to have successful careers in music related fields. In addition to band classes, Students selected for the magnet program take Music History, Music Theory, Keyboard, and Music Technology courses. Participation in the magnet program is not required to participate in band, as all are welcome! If you are not zoned for Dr. Phillips High School, you can attend Dr. Phillips and participate in the band program by admission into our magnet program. See below for more details!
Rich in Tradition, Pride, and Excellence, the Dr. Phillips High School Band was established in 1987. The band has had the honor of being selected to perform at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Music for All Invitational, Florida Music Educators Association Conference, and more. The band program has received over 20 Otto J Kraushaar awards for straight superiors in both marching and concert band, and in 2015, 2019 and 2022, both the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble received the Otto J Kraushaar award for straight superiors all year. This is an extremely rare achievement that we are very proud of. Additionally, the Dr. Phillips High School Band was named a 2019 National Band Association Southern Division Program of Excellence.
Our award winning colorguard program prides themselves on their tradition of excellence. Competing annually in FFCC, they received 4th place in 2022 and 2015, and the bronze medal in 2008. Dr. Phillips Guard has had the honor of appearing multiple times at WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio. Additionally, they have received a superior rating at FBA Marching MPA for over 10 years, and have received numerous super ratings with their winter guard show at FBA District and State Solo and Ensemble. Many students have also gone on to receive super ratings on their auxiliary solos at the district and state levels.
Our percussion ensemble has performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and the Music for All invitational. The Percussion ensemble has received many superior ratings at FBA District and State Solo and Ensemble, and our percussion program has been awarded the prestigious Program of Excellence award by the Percussive Arts Society.
Our jazz program consists of 2 full jazz bands. Our Jazz Ensemble I has received 15 consecutive Straight Superior Ratings at FBA State MPA, and many of our students have been selected for all state ensembles. Our jazz band has performed at places such as Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, & Hard Rock Cafe.
The Dr. Phillips Band Program has something for everyone, and is successful in every facet of the program.
About the Visual and Performing Arts Magnet Program:
Students not zoned for Dr. Phillips High School can audition for the Visual and Performing Arts Magnet Program and attend Dr. Phillips High School even though they are not zoned for Dr. Phillips, as long as the student resides in Orange County. Dr. Phillips High School is the ideal location for Orange County’s Visual and Performing Arts Magnet. Amidst numerous performance companies, the VPA Magnet enjoys opportunities not afforded to most high schools. Local corporations – including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Florida, and Hard Rock Live – have provided support and performance opportunities. The Magnet traditionally hosts an Artists-in-Residence week in the fall, bringing nationally known artists to the school to work and perform directly with students. Additionally, each strand offers special opportunities that enhance students’ education and experience. For information on auditioning for the magnet program, email Nicole Nasrallah, VPA Magnet Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.