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Phillip Chase Hawkins

Phillip Chase Hawkins

Growing up on a farm outside of Spartanburg, SC, Dr. Phillip Chase Hawkins serves as Principal Trumpet with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra a position he has held since 2013. He also is a member of the cornet section in Fountain City Brass Band, Soprano Eb Cornet in the Lexington Brass Band, Principal Cornet of the Cardinal Brass, and is an active performer on historical instruments as a member of Kentucky Baroque Trumpets and Saxton’s Cornet Band. Hawkins can also be heard as a performing and recording artist for Nashville Music Scoring Studio and Sound Lair Studio. His previously held positions…

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