Phillip ‘Sir Andre’ Stancil

Phillip Stancil, better known as Sir Andre, passed away due to kidney failure on Oct. 24. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland Stancil was deemed by many a child prodigy when he began to play the piano by ear at an early age.

At age 12 he joined the renowned Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. He then spent five and a half years receiving formal training in several instruments including the piano, saxophone and bass fiddle. Upon his graduation from Forrest Park Senior High School, he left Peabody and studied television production at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.

While there he received an offer for the position of musical director for internationally known Atlantic Records recording artist Ben E. King. He would go on to travel with King for the next 10 years as musical director and work with headliners like The Temptations, The Four Tops, Natalie Cole and many others.

After traveling the world Stancil returned home and founded his own production company, working with singers and musicians in the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area. He also believed in giving back and for Sir Andre this came in the form of performing concerts in prisons. For the last 6 years Stancil has served as Minister of Music at the Saint Marks Institutional Baptist Church in Baltimore.

Services for Sir Andre will be held at Saint Marks located at 655 N. Bentalou St. in Baltimore, Maryland on Nov. 7. There will be a viewing at 10 a.m. and the service will begin at 11 a.m.