Philip P. Gates HOF

Philip P. Gates


2003 HALL OF FAME WINNER Philip P. Gates (1894 – 1983) Gates moved to Piqua in 1917 to become the director of music at the high school, a position he would hold for the next twenty-six years. He changed the face of music in Piqua by reorganizing the high school marching band, creating a boys glee club, composing the Piqua High school Alma mater, organizing and directing the Elks bank (Piqua Civic Band) and creating and directing several local church choirs. Regional he was known for sponsoring one of the area’s first band festivals in the 1930’s.