Phillip I FREEMAN began his musical studies on euphonium before switching to bass trombone during his senior year at the University of Houston. After completing a degree in composition he continued his study of trombone at the Manhattan School of Music. He was awarded fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Center and Spoleto Festival USA. 

Before his appointment to the Houston Symphony he played six seasons with the Sarasota Opera. He has performed with Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Chicago's Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra, the Sarasota Orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony, and the Houston Ballet on tenor and bass trombone, euphonium, and bass trumpet. 

A former faculty member of the Shepherd School of Music, the Moores School of Music, and the American Festival for the Arts, he now sees a limited number of students privately, and teaches at the Texas Music Festival in the summer.