First Lieutenant Philip D. Tappan hails from Saratoga Springs, NY and has served in the U.S. Army Music program with The U.S. States Army Band (Fort Myer, VA), The 1st Cavalry Division Band (Fort Hood, TX), The U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Band (Bagram, Afghanistan), and The 2nd Infantry Division Band (Republic of Korea). He currently serves as an Associate Conductor of The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and Officer-in-Charge of the Concert Band.
Tappan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Composition from Messiah College, Grantham, PA, a Bachelor of Music in Education and a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the State University of NY at Fredonia.
He is a recipient of the Colonel Finley R. Hamilton Award for Outstanding Military Musicians and is a distinguished honor graduate from the Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, GA and the U.S. Army School of Music (AIT).
He has held engagements with the West Shore Symphony Orchestra, the Rocky Ridge Music Festival, the Hilman Opera, the SUNY Fredonia Chamber and Symphony Orchestras, Capitol Opera Harrisburg, the Trinity Episcopal Church Choir, the South Asia International School Association Music Festival (Kingdom Of Jordan), the Afghan National Institute of Music, and the Kabul University Music Department. Tappan is also active as a composer and arranger; his original stop animation film and score, ‘Old Boots,’ was recently performed by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Band, Fort Eustis, VA.
Prior to entering service in the U.S. Army, Tappan volunteered in the Republic of Georgia as a teacher in the city of Tbilisi public school system. He has also given young person’s lectures on American music at several U.S. Embassy ‘American Corner’ locations around the country.