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SSG Philip Broome (principal euphonium, West Point Band)

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Philip Broome is a native of Atlanta, Ga. and joined the euphonium section of the West Point Band, the nation's oldest Army Premier Band, in September of 2012. He was appointed principal euphonium in the fall of 2015. He earned his Bachelor and Master of Music in music performance from Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga. where he studied with Andrew Miller, principal tuba with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. While attending Columbus State, he competed in many prestigious international euphonium competitions as a finalist, including the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Tuba competition and the ITEC artist euphonium competition.

Prior to picking up the euphonium while in his first year of college, Philip was a successful trumpet player starting out on cornet in the 4th grade. He was brought up in the Salvation Army brass band tradition, owing much of his early musical training to the Salvation Army music programs in the southeast. He continues to be active as a musician/educator in that community today. Before joining the West Point Band, Philip was principal euphonium of the Southern Territorial Band of the Salvation Army since 2009. He has been a featured soloist with a number of Salvation Army bands throughout his career.

Philip is also an active professional audio engineer. In addition to his professional euphonium duties, Philip serves as an assistant audio engineer for the West Point Band. His duties include engineering recordings for the various West Point Band ensembles as well as live sound support for concerts throughout the year. Most notably, Philip recently planned, designed, and executed an extensive rewiring project at the West Point Band building, bringing the recording studio more in line with state of the art recording studios in the field.

Philip began his audio training while in high school learning his craft from interning with audio engineers and production companies in the southeast. He continued this training in college, earning his bachelor's degree from Columbus State with emphasis in audio technology, and then later a master's degree in music performance with emphasis in audio as well. While at CSU, Philip collaborated with a number of regional artists while interning and later working at the Loft Recording Studio in downtown Columbus, Ga. and as a graduate assistant in the CSU recording studio. He has several album engineering credits to his name from rock and roll, to jazz and classical. In addition to his private engineering work, Philip also managed a very active school recording studio at Columbus State alongside the professor of audio, Dr. Matthew McCabe, successfully producing over 250 concert recordings a year, many of which were featured on NPR. He also taught undergraduate classes in audio engineering while at CSU. Philip's graduate research work included studies on recording techniques used with the euphonium and other low brass instruments. Philip still maintains a very active freelance audio engineering schedule. Find out more about Philip by visiting www.philipbroome.com.

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