Directors


Mr Phillip

Mr Phillip has the honor of working with the wonderful band students at John Champe High School.  Mr. Phillip is a graduate of James Madison University and holds a masters degree from George Mason University. He is also certified to be a K-12 Administrator through The George Washington University.  He studied tuba with Mark Theile and Kevin Stees. The band program at Champe has enjoyed much success because of the hard work of the students.  With an inaugural marching band of 24 members, the marching band has grown to 170 members in five years.  The students have earned superior ratings in marching band, concert band, Virginia Honor Band, performed at the 2015 Virginia Music Educators Conference, and performed at the 2017 National Concert Band Festival.  The concert program has grown to server over 250 students including four concert bands, jazz band, and percussion ensembles.  The program also offers more opportunity for musical growth with indoor color guard, indoor drumline, various small ensembles, and a thriving private lesson program.  Mr. Phillip is the assistant conductor of the Northern Virginia Youth Winds.  Mr. Phillip enjoys spending his free time with his Wife, Laurel Phillip, their daughter, Hannah, and their pets Shirley and Tink.

Mr Carr

Mr Carr is in his fourth year of teaching at John Champe High School.  He earned a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Music from James Madison University.  Prior to coming to John Champe, Mr. Carr taught at Mercer Middle School (Aldie, VA), Cooper Middle School (McLean, VA) and was a freelance percussionist.  He has many published percussion works and continues to compose music for several marching bands around the state of Virginia.  Mr. Carr is a member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), National Association for Music Educators (NAFME), and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).  Mr. Carr is excited to be working with the students of John Champe High School!


 

Mrs. Phillip

Laurel Phillip is excited to join the staff at Willard Intermediate School! She is looking forward to teaching both the 8th and 9th grade band students beginning this coming fall. Previously, Mrs. Phillip taught at Seneca Ridge Middle School in Sterling and Rachel Carson Middle School in Fairfax County. Laurel Phillip is a member of the National Band Association, NAfME, VMEA and is the Registration Coordinator for the Virginia Music Educator’s Conference. She is a nationally recognized Suzuki Flute teacher through the Suzuki Association of the Americas. During her summers she spends time teaching at various band camps throughout Loudoun and Fairfax. Mrs. Phillip graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville earning a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Flute Performance. She earned her Master’s degree in Education from George Mason University.  Mrs. Phillip enjoys spending time with her husband, Mr. Phillip, and daughter, Hannah. She also enjoys helping Mr. Phillip with the John Champe Marching Band in the late summer and fall months.

 


Mr. Miles

Mr. Miles is thrilled to be a charter member of the Willard Music Department!  This is his 17th year teaching band in Loudoun County. Prior to teaching at Willard, he was band director at Sterling and Mercer Middle Schools.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a Master’s in Music Performance from James Madison University. Mr. Miles is a member of NAfME, VMEA and works on the Registration team for the Virginia Music Educator’s Conference.  He lives with his wife and three children in western Loudoun. When he isn’t teaching at Willard, he assists with the Champe Marching Knights and the Loudoun Valley Marching Vikings, directs at the Champe Band Camp, and is an announcer for various marching band contests, including the JMU Parade of Champions.