Phil Dunn is well known in the Muncie and Ball State communities as the smooth crooner with a triple threat stack of talents; singing, playing trumpet and saxophone. The Southside High School and Ball State graduate's voice is smooth and flexible, he sings falsetto and in the lower ranges very capably. Mr. Dunn can be heard regularly on Friday in downtown Muncie at The Silo. He performs there as a member of Peterson, Dunn and Ivy, which is a new incarnation of organist Doc Peterson (locally of Doc's fame), guitarist Douglas Hunt, and drummer Kyle Ivy's longtime passion for R&B, pop, and soul music.
Peterson, Dunn, and Ivy will be recreating their recent success with the Ladies of Soul early in June, again at the Muncie Civic Theatre. On May 30, the band will be headlining the first of the popular Freaky Tiki Friday concert series in Downtown Muncie. Additionally, Phil and company play private parties and weddings throughout the year locally and in places like Chicago and Indianapolis.
Phil is an accomplished and lifelong musician and athlete. His first gig was in 3rd grade with a vocal group he organized. In high school he was a four sport athlete, and even after a storied 35 year career at Ball State University he still considers himself an athlete first. He has completed 2 Strongmans, 3 triathlons, hiked the Grand Canyon, and ran the Ball State bodybuilding competition for 10 years. Mr. Dunn says the "Ball State community has been good to me," "there are great opportunities" here. He has taken advantage of those opportunities by being an active musician, professor, administrator, athlete, car-guy, and man-about-town, often all in the same day.
While Phil's audiences do include some college-age fans, he largely plays for older adults that want to "dance to good music and sing along with songs they recognize." Mr. Dunn takes joy in his music. Explaining this, he refers to his friend Doc Peterson's philosophy, saying that "no matter what he'll always play the gig because one day he may not be able." Dunn is looking for the right woman to share his love with, and the right musicians to end the hiatus of his passion project, Phil Dunn and the Hot Sauce Band, which is nearly ready to go back on the road. Interested individuals just need to come say hello after his next set.