Phillip started to learn tenor horn with Torpoint Town Band as a teenager but by the age of 20 he'd decided that other thing were more important.
However his enthusiasm for brass band music remained and a few years later he became involved in the administrative side of The Brass Band Movement with The South West Brass Band Association.
Over a period of 30 years Phillip held various offices including treasurer, secretary and chairman as well as, in 1982, becoming founding secretary of The Council of West of England Brass Band Associations and serving on The National Contesting Council for 12 years.
His introduction to Broadcasting came in January 1983 when BBC Radio Devon first came on the air.
Brass band music is played by the people, for the people," said Phillip.
"Everyone likes a good tune, and you get certainly them every time you hear a brass band."
Phillip was asked to present a brass band diary spot on Saturday mornings with Douglas Mounce.
This led to him presenting several Bandstand series - featuring local bands - before being asked to present Sounds of Brass on a weekly basis in January 1985.
Apart from three short summer breaks, the programme has been on the air every week ever since!
Sounds of Brass was extended to BBC Radio Cornwall and BBC Jersey in 1994, followed by Guernsey in 2003 and Bristol, Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire in 2004.
Now available through the BBC iPlayer, the show attracts a large audience from all over the United Kingdom and around the world.
In 2004 Phillip was delighted and honoured when Kevin Ackford wrote a theme tune called Sounds of Brass especially for him to use on the programme.
It's played each week by The Camborne Town Band and has also been issued on a CD by the famous Black Dyke Band.
As a day job Phillip managed The National Trust Gift Shops in Cornwall for 22 years before retiring to be able to devote his time to ensuring that Sounds of Brass reaches his many listeners all over the world each week.
He is also Secretary of The Cornwall Youth Brass Band and was made a Bard of The Cornish Gorsedd in 2004 in recognition of his services to Brass Bands.