Rebecca Phillips to lead USC Marching Band
Dr. Rebecca Phillips has been named director of athletic bands at the University of South Carolina and director of the USC Marching Band.
Since 2007, Phillips has served as the associate director of bands and assistant professor of music at the university, where her duties have included conducting one of the university’s concert bands and teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting and music education.
She replaces Steve McKeithen, who served as director of the Carolina band during the 2009 and 2010 seasons and who will remain with USC Bands in another capacity.
Phillips holds degrees from Florida State University, the University of South Florida and Louisiana State University. At FSU, she was a member of one of the country’s largest college bands, and from 2004-07, she was an integral part of the staff of the LSU Tiger Marching Band. She also played a leading role in the formation of the University of South Florida Herd of Thunder Marching Band in 1999, including creating many of that band’s musical traditions.
Scott Weiss, USC’s director of bands, said Phillips’ appointment marks the beginning of a new and exciting era for the Carolina Band.
“Dr. Phillips’ background at Florida State, South Florida, and LSU will be a tremendous asset as we look to the Carolina band to have a much greater impact on the game-day experience,” Weiss said.
“She has a comprehensive understanding of the things that need to happen with the Carolina band, and she also has the total support of the USC band members, the School of Music faculty and high-school band directors and students throughout the Southeast. Consequently, I have total confidence in her ability to take our athletic band program to the next level.”