Phillip Riggs

Phillip Riggs Co-Founder of the Wachovia Winds Youth Wind Ensemble is currently music instructor at the North Carolina School of Science and Math in Durham, NC.  Phillip is a recipient of the Exceptional Contribution in Outreach Award presented each year by the University Of North Carolina Board Of Governors for his work with music education programs throughout North Carolina.  Prior to joining the NCSSM faculty, he was the first band director and fine arts chair at Ronald Reagan High School in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System.  Before assuming that position, Mr. Riggs taught in Davidson County for sixteen years. Twelve of those years were with the Ledford Bands.  

During his tenure, the Ledford Middle and High School Bands and High School Choirs under his direction received numerous Superior Ratings at the state concert festival (MPA).  The Ledford Panther Regiment was awarded many best in class and grand champion awards at marching festivals throughout North Carolina and Virginia.  In 2003, the Ledford Wind Ensemble was selected to perform for the North Carolina Music Educators Conference with guest conductor/composer, Mark Camphouse.   Phillip was a co-founder and conductor of the Wachovia Winds Youth Wind Ensemble in central North Carolina.  This ensemble is made up of talented musicians from the triad area of central North Carolina.  

He has served as a cooperating teacher for student teachers from Appalachian State University, Elon University, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Greensboro, and Western Carolina University.  Phillip is a national board certified teacher. He received his undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University and his master’s degree from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

Mr. Riggs is a Past President of the North Carolina Band Directors Association. He also served as chair of the North Carolina High School All-State Band (10 years), chair of the NCMEA Technology Committee and the NCMEA New Teacher Committee.  
In the summers of 2011 and 2012 he was the coordinator of the National Association for Music Educators, (NAfME) National Wind Ensemble at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  Phillip is active as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the Southeast.  His professional affiliations include; North Carolina Music Educators Association, Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity, National Band Association, and in 2005 he was voted into the American School Band Directors Association.  In 2016 Phillip won the Grammy Music Educator Award.  for Phillip’s wife, Carol is a retired choral director.  She is also active as a choral clinician and adjudicator.  She currently serves as chair of the North Carolina High School Honors Chorus.