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Phillips, Harvey G.

Phillips, Harvey G.

Born in 1929


Inducted in 2007

Referred to as “Mr. Tuba” and “Paganini of the Tuba” for his worldwide performances, Harvey Phillips established his instrument as an important participant in every music discipline. He influenced, inspired and commissioned dozens of new works for solo tuba with a wide variety of instrumental combinations. For 20 years he maintained an enviable freelance career in New York City. In 1954, he was a founding member of the New York Brass Quintet. For ten years (1986-96) he served as Executive Editor of The Instrumentalist magazine. Phillips has structured and hosted many international conferences and festivals in the United States, Australia, Europe and Japan. His many honors include: Principal Tuba, Circus Hall of Fame Band; Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service to Music Medal (1979); Phi Mu Alpha Orpheus Award (1997). He holds Honorary Doctor of Music (1971) New England Conservatory, and Honorary Doctor of Humanities (1987) University of Missouri. In 1971, he was appointed to the Indiana University faculty, and in May 1994 he retired as a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of music.