Football and music: L.A. Rams’ defensive coordinator conducts the New West Symphony

Posted on: May 8, 2019

“Wade Phillips is one of the best defensive minds in the NFL, but he’s a man of many talents,” writes Cameron DaSilva in Monday’s (5/6) Rams Wire, a website for fans of the Los Angeles Rams. Phillips, the Los Angeles Rams’ defensive coordinator, “can apparently conduct a symphony orchestra, too. Over the weekend, Phillips moonlighted as a conductor for the New West Symphony in Thousand Oaks. It was the season-ending concert and Phillips was on stage to lead the symphony’s performance of the national anthem…. The Rams have been an integral part of the community in L.A., specifically in Thousand Oaks. They helped those impacted by the tragic shooting last year, as well as the wildfires that spread throughout southern California…. ‘The Los Angeles Rams have become an integral part of our community; and nobody on the Rams is more beloved than Coach Phillips,’ said New West Symphony CEO Natalia Staneva. ‘Just as the Rams bring joy to residents throughout Ventura County and beyond, so, too, does our symphony; so we think this is a natural match of two organizations whose passionate supporters add to the richness of our community and make this an even better place to live.’ ”

Posted May 8, 2019