Dr. Philip G. Simon is in his tenth year as Director of Instrumental Studies at Wilkes University where he directs the Civic Band, Chamber Orchestra and Pep Band and teaches courses in music history and American popular music. Prior to assuming his position at Wilkes, he was Visiting Professor of Instrumental Studies at Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas. Professor Simon has directed professional, collegiate and school honors ensembles in Pennsylvania, Texas, Kansas, Virginia, California, Maryland and the United Kingdom. He regularly presents clinics at PMEA sponsored inservices throughout Pennsylvania. He is a contributing author to the popular music education series, Teaching Music Through Performance In Band, published by GIA, and his dissertation is published by VDM Publications. He performs locally on tuba, string bass and bass guitar.
Dr. Simon taught high school instrumental music for 29 years, including sixteen years as director of the nationally recognized Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Bands in Fairfax County, Virginia. He held a similar position in Prince George’s County, Maryland from 1971-1985. He holds degrees in music education from Boston University and the University of Maryland. At the University of North Texas he was a student of Professor Eugene Corporon and a Doctoral Conducting Associate and Teaching Assistant. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting degree from UNT.
Dr Simon is the recipient of three Citations of Excellence by the National Band Association. He was nominated for Fairfax County, Virginia, Teacher of the Year in 1985. His biography appears in the last 13 editions of Marquis Who’s Who in America, as well as the 13th edition of Who’s Who In American Education. He is a membership of the College Band Directors National Association, the College Music Society, the National Band Association, the Music Educators National Conference, Phi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. He served on the Executive Board of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, District 9, as higher education representative for curriculum and instruction for 7 years. He is the recipient of The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, District 9 Citation of Excellence In Teaching Award for 2007. In 2012 he was awarded the Wilkes University Multicuralism Award for his excellence in teaching multiculturalism in the classroom.
Marching Bands under Dr. Simon’s direction have won numerous first place awards and superior ratings in competitions and exhibitions in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. The 175 member Thomas Jefferson HSST Marching Colonials performed in two London New Years Day Parades, three Walt Disney World character parades, and made regular appearances at competitions, marching festivals and parades in the Washington DC metro area. For sixteen years, the Marching Colonials, under Dr. Simon’s leadership, compiled a record of first place wins and superior ratings that placed them among the finest marching ensembles in the mid-Atlanric region.