Phil Wilson

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Phil Wilson

Phil Wilson


Teaching ensemble is a real juggling act. I am a coach, just like my father was a coach of the hockey team at Philips Exeter. And I’ve got his whistle that I use occasionally—I do!—because almost everybody in the Rainbow Band is a jazz player, a good one, in their own right. And you’re dealing with that, trying to blend them together. Teaching is also like watching your garden blossom. You can actually feel the growth and the realization. Recently, a trombone student in our lesson was having trouble moving around the trombone comfortably at a faster tempo. We were both playing together, and he stopped all of a sudden after playing something that was really magnificent. He looked at me and he said, ‘You know, I think we’ve just had a breakthrough.’ When that happens, it’s thrilling.…full bio

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