He determined that it was best to trade in his helmet for other roles, including his leadership position on the Campus Activities Board as the Music/Live chair. He was also involved in Guilford Christian Ministry, the Multicultural Leadership Scholars Program, and Ultimate Frisbee, and he performed with the Jazz Combo all four years.
The shift also left more time to explore his academic options.
A Notable Change
Phillip, who plays the trombone and piano, knew he wanted to major in Music and had decided on an instrumental track in trombone. He’d been interested in sound engineering, too, but when he arrived at Guilford it wasn’t available as a major. One day, however, he noticed what looked like a recording studio on campus and asked Professor Tim Lindeman how to gain access. It turns out that you have to take the class, so Phillip signed up right as Jacob Danieley of Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC), was coming in to teach the course.
“The professor asked if this is what I wanted to do, and I said yes, I’d rather do this than trombone,” he recalls.
In the meantime, a group of professors, including then-Music Department Chair Kami Rowan and Drew Hays, had been working with GTCC’s Larry Gatlin School of Entertainment Technology. Their goal was to create a partnership between the schools, bringing the Recording Track to Guilford, just in time for Phillip to become the first to graduate from the program.
“All the Music professors were supportive when I wanted to switch my major,” Phillip shares. “They were like, ‘Okay, we’re going to help you do this and we understand this is what you want to do.’ They would give me feedback, too.”