Phil Idell currently holds a B.A. in Music Education from UCLA, where he studied under Mitchell Peters and participated in the Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and several other university performance ensembles. Idel also was a section leader in the award-winning UCLA Marching Band, with whom he traveled throughout the county for various NCAA sporting events, and even internationally as a featured performer in the 2010 Ekitopia Festival in Nagoya, Japan.
Since graduating from UCLA in 2012, Idell has become an extremely active percussion instructor and arranger in the greater Los Angeles area. While teaching some private lessons, the bulk of his work has been in marching percussion education, with emphasis in front ensemble percussion. Over the past five years, Phil has had the privilege of teaching the activity’s most elite ensembles, including: Arcadia High School (Winter Guard International 2016 Percussion Scholastic World Bronze Medalists), POW Percussion, Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps, and the 2013 Drumiline Corps International World Champion Carolina Crown. Idell currently instructs Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps and the 2016 WGI Percussion Independent World Bronze Medalists, Broken City Percussion, as well as several high schools in Ventura County.
Idell's own marching experience includes: Pacific Crest in 2009 and 2010; Blue Devils “A” Corps in 2011 and 2012, earning Percussion Performer of the Year in 2012; and RCC Winter Drumline in 2012 and 2013.