Philip Graham was born in Abilene, Texas. Several years later, his parents relocated to the Dallas area, and his father began a career as choral conductor and college professor of music at Southwestern Christian College, exposing Philip to music at an early age.
In the fifth grade, Philip began playing trombone. Later, he went on to play in the Dal-Hi Orchestra, All-Region bands, and All State bands throughout his high school career. His principal teachers have been Alfred Resch, and Gordon Sweeney of Dallas, and Frank Cristafulli of Chicago. Philip completed a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Master’s degree in Music Performance from Southern Methodist University. He has played with the San Angelo and Richardson Symphony orchestras, and performed as a soloist with the Houston Symphony. In 1974, he began his tenure with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony Brass Quintet until his retirement in 2009.
Philip has conducted his church choir for the last 25 years, serves as coach and guest conductor for the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Brass, and conducts the North Dallas Trombone Choir and Eastfield Early Brass.
Philip and his wife live in Garland, and have two married sons who live in the Dallas area. He enjoys golf and spending time with the family in his free time.