Alan Phillips - Banjo and Vocals

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Alan performed with Black Swan between 1990 and 1995, from 1998 through 2006, and then again beginning in late 2012.

Originally a french horn major at the University of Oregon, Alan realized the day was fast approaching when his parents would stop paying his bills.  After 5 years of college and playing his degree recital he left (just two 100 level courses short of completing his degree - "oh  happy parents!") to study piano tuning and restoration in Boston.  This combined his love of music with a more practical approach to making a living.

Piano tuning has given Alan the flexibility to also be a part-time musician.  The french horn has become a guitar or a banjo. He has performed with the Eugene Symphony and the Oregon Festival of American Music.  He was a member of the Misty Water Drifters, the Drag Kings, the Hackers and the Emerald City Jazz Kings and was also leader of the Eugene based string/swing band SWANG.


Alan Phillips plays and sings on the following Black Swan recordings:

In addition, Alan can be heard on:

  • A 1988 recording, the Misty Water Drifters (no longer available)
  • A 2002 recording, Swang (available by emailing Alan Phillips)

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