Scott Phillips (musician)

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

Scott Phillips
Scott Phillips performing with Alter Bridge in 2017.
Scott Phillips performing with Alter Bridge in 2017.
Background information
Birth nameThomas Scott Phillips
Also known asFlip
Born (1973-02-22) February 22, 1973 (age 48)
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active1990–present
Associated acts

Life and careerEdit

Phillips grew up in Madison, Florida. He started out playing in a band called Crosscut at 18.[1] He was a founding member of the band Creed. After Creed dissolved, he joined Alter Bridge in 2004 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, along with 1997's My Own Prison and 1999's Human Clay. In early 2012, Phillips joined the supergroup Projected with musicians from Sevendust and Submersed.

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


Phillips cites the following drummers as his influences: Will Calhoun (Living Colour), Matt Cameron (Soundgarden/Pearl Jam), Lars Ulrich (Metallica), John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Morgan Rose (Sevendust), and Neil Peart (Rush). His favorite bands are Living Colour, Tool, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Rush. His favorite albums are Time's Up (Living Colour), The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall (Pink Floyd), Led Zeppelin IV (Led Zeppelin), Master of Puppets (Metallica) 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 5B - More substantial than a 5A, but not overpowering. Medium taper for a great balance. Diameter: .595" [1.51 cm], Length 16" [40.64 cm], Taper: Medium


With CreedEdit

With Alter BridgeEdit

With SubmersedEdit

With ProjectedEdit


  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 12, 2009. crosscut.

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