first instrument, when he was a young child, was the acordian.
After several years of playing this under rated instrument he
found another musical calling. The trumpet.
his high school years he was a stand out at trumpet, playing in
the marching band and at various highschool events. Such was his
proficiency with the trumpet that he earned the John Phillips
a teen, his father bought him his first guitar, a 12 string Martin,
which he still has to this day. Often, he can be found picking
out a tune and singing along with friends or family.
fact, he is currently working on a small collection of old folk
tunes with his son and hopes to have a CD of these classics in
the near future.
had always been a fan of old Irish, Scotish and English music.
Consequently, he fell in love with another instrument; the bagpipes.
And, at the ripe old age of 38, he bought his first set of pipes.
with other instruments, he took to the bagpipes like a duck to
water. Soon after, he began competing in various piping competitions
and winning various awards. Eventually, he became pipe major for
the City of Glendale's Pipe Band and is, currently, the official
piper for the Southern Illinois chapter of the Scotch Malt Whisky