NVYW Conductors

2018-2019 NVYW Staff

Denny Stokes is the founding conductor of the NVYW Symphonic Winds. Prior to assuming this position, he directed high school bands at three schools in Fairfax County, Virginia for thirty-two years, and continues to serve as a clinician, conductor and adjudicator in the eastern United States.

Mr. Stokes attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, receiving his BS in music education, followed by a MM in conducting at George Mason University. He is the only high school band director in the United States to have earned the prestigious Sudler Flag of Honor with two high school bands. Elected to the American Bandmasters Association in 2005, he also maintains professional affiliations with the National Band Association, Music Educators National Conference, Virginia Music Educators Association, Virginia Band & Orchestra Directors Association, Fairfax Band Directors Association and Phi Beta Mu. Mr. Stokes has served VBODA as chairman in two districts and as President of VBODA , and continues as an active past president. In 2011, he was awarded the Sidney Berg Service Award by VBODA.

Mr. Stokes served as band director and department chair at George C. Marshall High School for more than twenty years, leading the band program in performances throughout the eastern and mid-western United States, Canada, England and Wales. In addition to numerous VBODA Honor Band awards, highlights included two performances at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, and receiving the Sudler Flag of Honor in 1994. In 1998 Mr. Stokes accepted the position of music department chair and director of bands at James W. Robinson Secondary School. The Robinson bands earned ten Virginia Honor Band awards, and the symphonic band twice performed at the VMEA State Conference. Robinson became the fourth school in Virginia to be named to the VBODA “Hall of Fame,” with 21 Honor Band Awards. Mr. Stokes received his second Sudler Flag of Honor award with the Robinson Symphonic Band in 2005. As at Marshall, the Robinson Bands won numerous concert and marching competition events throughout the eastern United States and Canada.

Linda J. Gammon is the director of the NVYW Junior Winds. Prior to assuming this position she directed middle school bands at three middle schools in Fairfax County, VA for over 30 years. She is a native of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine and received her Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts degree in conducting from George Mason University.

Under Ms. Gammon’s direction, her middle school bands enjoyed state, regional and national recognition including four appearances at the Virginia Music Educators State Conferences and the 1993 and 2000 Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. In 1997 Ms. Gammon and the Robinson Middle School Symphonic Band were awarded the prestigious John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Silver Cup Award, the highest honor bestowed on a middle school band program.

Ms. Gammon currently serves as the State Executive for the Virginia Music Educators Association. Before this appointment she was the VMEA Conference Coordinator, a Past President of the Virginia Music Educators Association, the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association, and the Fairfax County Band Directors Association. She is a member of NAfME, VMEA, Phi Beta Mu, the American School Band Directors Association, the National Band Association, and the Women Band Directors International Association. Currently she is a university supervisor for interns at George Mason University, James Madison University and Shenandoah Conservatory.

Ms. Gammon is active as an adjudicator, guest conductor, and clinician across the country. She is a contributing author to the music curriculum “Band Expressions” published by Alfred and “Teaching Music through Performance in Band” published by GIA. She was the 2003 recipient of Women Band Directors International Scroll of Excellence, 2007 Virginia Outstanding Music Educator of the Year Award, and 2014 Fairfax County Band Director of the Year. In 2018 she was inducted into the Phi Beta Mu Hall of Fame.

Jonathan Phillip is the associate conductor of the Northern Virginia Symphonic Winds.  Mr. Phillip is a graduate of James Madison University and holds a masters degree from George Mason University. He is also certified to be a K-12 Administrator through The George Washington University.  He studied tuba with Mark Theile and Kevin Stees.  Mr. Phillip is the director of bands at John Champe High School, in Aldie Virginia.  With an inaugural marching band of 24 members, the marching band has grown to 150 members in four years.  The students have earned superior ratings in marching band, concert band, Virginia Honor Band, performed at the 2015 Virginia Music Educators Conference, and are an invited band for the 2017 National Concert Band Festival. The concert program has grown to serve over 200 students including three concert bands, jazz band, and percussion ensembles.  The program also offers more opportunities for musical growth with indoor color guard, indoor drumline, various small ensembles, and a thriving private lesson program.  Mr. Phillip enjoys spending his free time with his wife, Laurel Phillip, and their pets Shirley and Tink.

Laurel Phillip is the associate conductor of the NVYW Junior WindsMrs. Phillip began her teaching career at Seneca Ridge Middle School in Sterling and now is currently teaching at Rachel Carson Middle School in Fairfax County.  At Carson she is responsible for teaching the concert bands, the percussion ensemble, and the RCMS Jazz band.  Laurel Phillip is a member of the National Band Association, NAfME, VMEA and is the Registration Coordinator for the Virginia Music Educator’s Conference.  She is a nationally recognized Suzuki Flute teacher through the Suzuki Association of the Americas.  During her summers she spends time teaching at various band camps throughout Loudoun and Fairfax.

Mrs. Phillip graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville earning a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Flute Performance.  She earned her Master’s degree in Education from George Mason University. Mrs. Phillip lives in Aldie, Virginia, with her husband, Jonathan, a high school band director.  She enjoys helping his high school marching band in the late summer and fall months.

Staff & Support

Artistic Staff
Jonathan Phillip, Associate Conductor NVYW Symphonic Winds
Laurel Phillip, Associate Conductor NVYW Junior Winds
John Kilkenny, Percussion Advisor
Kristen Sheridan, Woodwind Advisor
Adam Stokes, Brass Advisor
Carolyn Roblee, Junior Winds Advisor
Theresa Ducassoux, Junior Winds Advisor
Jason Miller, Winds Advisor
Allison Hunter, Junior Winds Advisor

Managing Staff
NVYW Steering Committee
Jennifer Stokes, Personnel, NVYW Symphonic Winds
Miriam Hunter, Personnel, NVYW Junior Winds
Pam Sutey, Photographer, Graphic Artist, Media Specialist

Community Support
Fairfax, Loudoun, Arlington, Alexandria, Manassas Park, and Clarke County Public Schools
George Mason University School of Music
FCPS Music Office: Katrina Chaney, Music Specialist
Irving Middle School Administration and Band, Sharon Jeanes, Band Director
Fairfax High School Bands, Dr, Jeff Lehman, Band Director
Woodson High School Bands, Brett Dodson, Band Director
Robinson Secondary School Administration and Bands, Andrew Loft, Judy Einuis, Kinsey Holland, Band Directors
Rachel Carson Middle School Administration and Band, Riffany Hitz, Laurel Phillip, Band Directors
Music & Arts: Kerry Nelson, Representative
Reston Shirt and Graphic Company, Inc.

The City of Fairfax Band
City of Fairfax Band Association and its Board of Directors
Libby Fike, CFBA President
Robert Pouliot, Music Director, CFB
Rick Parrell, Associate Conductor, CFB
Geoffrey Seffens, Conductor, MSCB
Dr. Jean-Pierre Auffret, Chairman of the Board
Janice Nette, Managing Director
Sharon Triska, Librarian
Diane Farmer, CPA

Contact Us

Northern Virginia Youth Winds
City of Fairfax Band Association
P.O. Box 1306
Fairfax, VA 22038-1306
571-336-CFBA (2322)

Northern Virginia Youth Winds represents the Educational Division of the City of Fairfax Band Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Donations made to the association are tax deductible as provided by the United States federal tax code.