A few words about Ernie Phillips:
Ernie and I have worked together at West Hall High School in the same band and chorus room for 27 years! In all the years that we have worked together we, truthfully, have never spoken ill of each other, or have we ever had a cross word or problem. That speaks volume of Ernie. He is a gifted musician and teacher and he is respected by all of his current and former students and colleagues. He is a friend to all and cares deeply about everyone.
As a band director, he has been highly successful at the district and state level. His achievements are numerous from winning awards at marching band competitions to continually receiving superior ratings at LGPE and even being selected to perform at the Georgia Music Educator’s Conference. At that conference, we enjoyed hearing each other’s performance.
Ernie has been a friend since the first day I met him on the job and he continues to be so. I appreciate his support of the West Hall choral program and I appreciate all of the encouragement and advice that he has shared with me. He has been like a brother to me, and in many ways he reminds me of the best qualities of my own brother.
I particularly have enjoyed some of the things that he would say to his students like (when he was either joking around with his students or he was trying to get their attention) “Did your mother have any children that lived” & “your village is calling”, or “It is I” when a student was calling for him. I particularly enjoyed hearing him say to his students “Don’t be like …– (and he would jokingly say the name of another Georgia high school band).
Thank you, Ernie, for all of the great memories. I will miss you!
West Hall High School Choral Director