Wilkes University

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Dr.  Philip  G.  Simon

Adjunct Faculty
Performing Arts

Philip G. Simon, D.M.A., Associate Professor of Music, is in his twelfth year at Wilkes, where  he directs the Civic Band, and recently founded the Marching Colonels Marching Band, the first and only collegiate marching band in Northeastern PA. In addition, he teaches courses in the music minor and American popular music.  Prior to his position at Wilkes, he was Visiting Professor of Instrumental Studies at Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas. Dr. Simon has directed professional, collegiate and high school bands and honors ensembles in Pennsylvania, Texas, Kansas, Virginia, California, Maryland and the United Kingdom. He is a contributing author to the popular music education series, Teaching Music Through Performance In Band, published by GIA.  His D.M.A. dissertation is published by VDM Publications.  Dr. Simon, who is a published arranger and composer, also 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 acclaimed 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 earned a B.Mus. degree from Boston University, a M.
Ed. in Music Education from the University of Maryland, and a D.M.A. in Wind Conducting from the University of North Texas where he was a Doctoral Conducting Associate and Teaching Assistant. His conducting teachers include Professor Eugene Corporon at the University of North Texas, Larry Rachleff and Jack Stamp. At Boston University he was honored in his senior year with the Outstanding Undergraduate Performer Award.

The recipient of three Citations of Excellence by the National Band Association, Dr. Simon was nominated for Fairfax County Teacher of the Year in 1988. His biography appears in the most recent editions of Marquis Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who In American Education. He is a member 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. Dr. Simon received The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 9 Citation of Excellence In Teaching Award for 2007.  In fall, 2012, he was awarded the Multiculturalism Award by Wilkes University for excellence in teaching multiculturalism in the classroom.  

Dr. Simon Live in Drums, Pa with his wife, Lucinda and they have three grown children who are the proud parents of four grandchildren.