Philip R. Morgan is in his sixth season as Wake Forest's Associate Director of Bands in 2012-13. In his role, Morgan is responsible for the direction of the Demon Deacon marching band, the Spirit of the Old Gold and Black.
He also conducts the Wind Ensemble, directs the jazz bands and teaches academic music courses in addition to private music lessons.
Prior to coming to Wake Forest, Morgan served as Associate Conductor and an adjunct faculty member at Western Carolina University. He was previously the Director of Bands at Concord High School and Middle School.
Morgan has directed all levels of music instruction from beginning band to advanced performance ensembles. Under his direction, bands have earned over 85 superior ratings in multiple venues of performance across the United States, London, Ireland, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico and Mexico.
In 1994, Morgan was appointed Conductor and US/ North Carolina Cultural Ambassador to Ireland by Governor Jim Hunt. His Study of Music/ Performance has included instruction by Bob Buckner, Matt Henley, Dr. John West, Dr. Michael Shallock, Dr. Bruce Frazier, Dr. Bill Gora, Dr. Joe Brashier, Dr, Jay Jackson, Dr. Scott Meister, Dr. Harvey Warner, Todd Wright, Michael Burritt, Peter Erskine, Dave Weckl, Bill Watrous, David Holsinger, Elliot Del Borgo and Sir Francis McBeth.
Morgan has received the North Carolina Excellence in Performance Award, the Time Warner Star Teacher Award and the Who's Who Among American Teachers Award. He has instructed/ conducted numerous honor band clinics and adjudicated for concert bands and marching bands throughout the Southeastern United States.
Morgan is highly sought after as a drill designer and arranger for marching bands across the country. Morgan has also given numerous lectures and paper presentations based upon both his own published and non-published works. His professional affiliations include Gamma Beta Phi, Alpha Chi, Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi, MENC, CBDNA, NCAE, and NCMEA.
A native of Black Mountain, N.C., Morgan graduated from Appalachian State University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Instrumental Music Education and a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance. He went on to earn a Master's of Arts in Education Comprehensive Music Education and a Master's of Music in Percussion Performance from Western Carolina in 2007.
Morgan resides in Winston-Salem with his wife, Tammy, and five-year-old daughter, Leah.