Phil Wilson Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

By
Margot Edwards
August 30, 2010
Phil Wilson (left) is presented with the International Trombone Association (ITA) Lifetime Achievement Award by Don Lucas, president of the ITA and a Berklee alumnus who studied under Wilson.
Berklee faculty member Phil Wilson
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Phil Wilson, world-renowned trombonist and a Berklee professor for 45 years, recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Trombone Association (ITA) at the 2010 International Trombone Festival at the University of Texas, Austin. Wilson is a resident and native of Belmont, Massachusetts.

Wilson is a noted jazz educator and big band arranger who has performed and recorded with a who's-who of jazz, including Louis Armstrong, the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, Herbie Hancock, Woody Herman, the NDR Big Band, Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, and Clark Terry. Wilson directs the internationally acclaimed Berklee Rainbow Band, which he formed in 1965 during his first year on the faculty.

The ITA Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes people whose contributions have distinguished them in the trombone profession over a long career, reflecting a commitment to excellence and achievement. Past recipients of the ITA Lifetime Achievement Award include Willie Colón, Dick Nash, Milt Stevens, and Buddy Morrow.