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Mark Phillips

School: St Bernards College

Year: 2001-06

Genre: Instrumental Performance

Saxophonist and woodwind performer Mark Phillips currently resides in New York City, where he keeps a busy performance schedule in jazz and contemporary music. In Australia, Mark has performed with groups including The Australian Army Band, The Victoria Police Showband, The Australian Cotton Club Orchestra and for artists including Rhonda Burchmore, Rachael Beck, John Morrison, Jacki Cooper and Daryl Cotton. He has twice performed as a soloist on 3MBS 103.5FM radio and in 2008 was featured in the University of Melbourne’s Lunchtime Concert Series. In 2010, Mark was an orchestra member for the annual Rob Guest Endowment Concert at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne, and worked as principal woodwind alongside John Foreman and Kellie Dickerson for the world premier of ‘Strange Bedfellows – A New Musical’, starring John Wood and Peter Cousens. Mark completed a Bachelor of Music Performance with Honors at the University of Melbourne in 2009, studying with Ian Godfrey, Michael Lichnovsky and Barry Cockcroft and was invited back as a guest woodwind lecturer in 2012. Relocating to New York in 2011, Mark forged his own path, studying privately with some of his jazz idols including Vincent Herring, Andrew Sterman, Joel Frahm and Will Vinson. He has since performed at the renowned SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, The Long Beach Jazz Festival, CMJ Music Marathon and supported international artists including Olivia Newton-John, Gavin Degraw, Aaron Carter and Vertical Horizon. Mark has performed and recorded extensively with singer/songwriter Rebecca Perl and appears regularly with groups including The Queens Cartoonists, Numasbala, The Love Supreme, Andrew Grau’s ‘Grautet’, The Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet, Grupo Arcano as well as leading his own jazz trio and saxophone quartet. In 2014, he performed in the orchestra for the Off-Broadway show ‘The Greene Touch’, in the house band at the interactive theatre show ‘Sleep No More’ and was also a finalist in New York’s ‘Battle of the Boroughs’, representing the Bronx with funk outfit Dragonfly13, which aired live on WNYC Radio.


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