VIDEO: Phillip Schneider wins $300 top prize in Duncan Has Talent instrumental category

Phillip Schneider performs on the Buckerfield’s Stage at The 39 Days of July. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Phillip Schneider won the songwriters’ competition and now he’s won the instrumentals at Duncan Has Talent as well. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Longevity John Falkner presents the Duncan Lions $300 prize for best instrumentalist in Duncan Has Talent to Phillip Schneider on Aug. 2. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Although he is the only competitor in this category this year, Phillip Schneider takes advantage of mentorship provided and steps up to engage more fully with the audience. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Phillip Schneider is a dedicated guitarist and uses electronic looping equipment so he can solo with a background he’s recorded himself. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Phillip Schneider performs on the Buckerfield’s Stage at The 39 Days of July. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Phillip Schneider is a dedicated guitarist and uses electronic looping equipment so he can solo with a background he’s recorded himself. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Phillip Schneider performs on the Buckerfield’s Stage at The 39 Days of July. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

He signed up. He turned up for Duncan Has Talent, even though he was the only instrumentalist who did.

He listened carefully to the mentoring offered. He performed well for the crowd at the final.

And Phillip Schneider won the $300 top prize offered by the Duncan Lions.

It was as simple as that for the talented Valley teenage musician.

Judge/mentor Laura Cardriver told Schneider Friday, Aug. 2 as Duncan Has Talent wound down for another year, that he probably would have taken first place even if others had competed, with his combination of talent and willingness to try new ideas.

Schneider performed several songs for the crowd and the judges, featuring the classic, ‘Autumn Leaves’, along with tunes by his guitar heroes, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

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