Scott Phillips (musician)

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Scott Phillips
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Background information
Birth name Thomas Scott Phillips
Also known as Flip
Born (1973-02-22) February 22, 1973 (age 45)
Origin Georgia, United States
Genres Alternative metal, post-grunge, alternative rock, hard rock, heavy metal, progressive metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, record producer
Instruments Drums, percussion, keyboards, synthesizers, piano, vocals, saxophone, flute, violin, guitar, bass
Years active 1990–present
Labels Wind-up, Universal Republic, Roadrunner, EMI
Associated acts Creed, Alter Bridge, Projected

Thomas Scott "Flip" Phillips (born February 22, 1973) is an American musician and songwriter. He is the drummer and co-founder of the bands Creed, Alter Bridge, and Projected.

Life and career

Phillips grew up in Madison, Florida. He started out playing in a band called Crosscut at 18.[1] In 2004, he joined Alter Bridge with fellow then-former Creed members bassist Brian Marshall and lead guitarist Mark Tremonti. He is a self-taught drummer, starting at age 18, and has also played piano and saxophone. Phillips is credited with playing drums and keyboards on Creed's 2001 album Weathered. In early 2012, Phillips joined the supergroup Projected with musicians from Sevendust and Submersed.

He now lives in Central Florida with his wife, April, and their daughter, Cadence.


Phillips cites the following drummers as his influences: Will Calhoun (Living Colour), Matt Cameron (Soundgarden/Pearl Jam), Lars Ulrich (Metallica), John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Morgan Rose (Sevendust), and Neil Peart (Rush). His favorite bands are Living Colour, Tool, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Rush and favorite albums are Time's Up (Living Colour), The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall (Pink Floyd), Led Zeppelin IV (Led Zeppelin), and Superunknown (Soundgarden).


Scott has, in the past, used Premier Drums, but has recently been seen with DW Drums. Scott also uses Evans Drumheads, Zildjian cymbals, and Vic Firth drumsticks.

Drums: DW Drums Jazz Series

  • 22x18" Bass Drum
  • 10x8" Rack Tom
  • 12x9" Rack Tom
  • 16x16" Floor Tom
  • 18x16" Floor Tom
  • 14x6.5" Ludwig Black Beauty Snare Drum

Cymbals: Zildjian

  • 14" A custom top w/ 14" A Quick beat bottom
  • 18" Z Custom Medium Crash (x2)
  • 19" Z Custom Medium Crash (x2)
  • 10" A Splash
  • 22" A Custom Ping Ride
  • 9.5" Zil-Bel
  • 20" Oriental China Trash

Drumheads: Evans

  • Snare: Power Center over Hazy 300
  • Toms: G2 Clear over G1 Clear
  • Bass Drum: EQ3 Clear over EQ3 Black Resonant


  • Vic Firth Scott Phillips Signature Series: A slightly enlarged 5B shaft with a short tear drop tip for a very focused sound. In hickory. L = 16 11/64", Dia. = .605”


Scott can bench press 185 lbs & deadlift 220 lbs. Scott uses the Bowflex 2000X[2]


With Creed

With Alter Bridge

With Projected


  1. Shapiro, Marc (2000). Creed: from zero to platinum. New York City: St. Martin's Press. p. 34. ISBN 0-312-26716-9. Retrieved October 2009. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Burgess, Mike. "Alter Bridge (Scott Phillips) Interview 2013". Metal Express Radio.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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