Saxophonist Billy McPhail has performed in venues around the country and internationally. He has performed as a member and soloist with many distinguished ensembles to include the San Antonio Symphony, the Austin Symphony and the University of Texas and Victoria College Wind Ensembles, and with conductors such as Mitch Miller, Jerry Junkin, and David Effron.
Mr. McPhail holds a Bachelor of Music from The University of Texas at Austin, where his principal saxophone teacher was Harvey Pittel.
Mr. McPhail is also active as a chamber musician, joining The ELISION Saxophone Quartet in 2001, as a Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster member. Mr. McPhail is a founding member of the Austin Saxophone Ensemble. Mr. McPhail can be heard on ESQ’s debut recording, “LIVE, Through the Years” and ASE’s album “Plunge” . He also performs with The Nash Hernandez Orchestra, the longest running big band in Austin, Texas, as well as many other musical projects.
Mr. McPhail has served as saxophone instructor for Temple College as well as the Leander, Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown, Pflugerville, Lake Travis, Victoria, and Bloomington school districts. He maintains a distinguished studio of private lesson students, and frequently leads master classes and adjudicates for school districts and regions across Texas.