Desert Foothills New Horizons Band

Phoenix, Arizona

Ron Phillips is the musical director of the Desert Foothills New Horizon Band.


He is also an active teacher of Elderhostel Classes through their Lifetime Learners Program in Phoenix.


He maintains a full private teaching schedule and is an active performer in the Phoenix area playing trumpet with his own brass quartet "Fanfare Brass."

Liz Carnes-Wight is the Director of the Desert Foothills New Horizon Jazz Band.

Liz Carnes-Wight taught instrumental music in the Peoria Unified School District for 25 years. Retired from the district, she remains busy performing in the Arizona Wind Symphony, the Desert Foothills New Horizons Band, and the

He is an active member of the International Trumpet Guild and Music Educators National Conference and is in demand as a clinician and guest conductor throughout Arizona and other parts of the country.


Mr. Phillips received his B.M. and M.M. degrees from Michigan State University, where he was principal trumpet in the band and orchestra. He has completed all of the required course work and recital for his Ed.D. degree at Arizona State University.

Mr. Phillips has just completed 50 years of teaching music in the public and private schools in Michigan and Arizona (12 in Michigan, 38 in Arizona.) He recently retired from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix after serving 25 years as Director of Instrumental Ensembles and 5 years as Music Department Chairman.


While at Grand Canyon University Mr. Phillips received the Distinguished Professor Award and The Faculty Award of Excellence. In 1993, he received the O.M. Hartsell Excellence in Teaching Music Award from the Arizona Music Educators Association. In 1999, Mr. Phillips received the William Richardson Retired Music Educator Service Award. He recently received a Professor Emeritus award from Grand Canyon University.


Mr. Phillips plays a Smith-Watkins trumpet and has been appointed their North American representative.

Coast to Coast Woodwind Quintet. Currently she is teaching band at Jefferson Preparatory High School in Glendale.


She has degrees in Oboe Performance and Music Education from Idaho State University and Grand Canyon University., and a Masters in Education from NAU.  Liz has studied oboe with H. James Schoepflin, Bernard Shapiro, and Nancy Clauter.


She also plays tenor saxophone and has performed with a variety of big bands in the valley. Liz resides in Peoria with her husband George. Together they have 8 children, 13 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren. She has also been an active member of Arizona Music Educators Association and teaches private lessons in her home.