Phillip Clements
Director of Bands & Instrumental Activities

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Phillip L. Clements is the Director of Bands and Instrumental Activities at Texas A&M University-Commerce. In this role, Mr. Clements serves as conductor of the Wind Ensemble, teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting and music education, and guides all activities within the instrumental area. Prior to his appointment in 2008, Mr. Clements served on the faculties of the University of Miami, the University of Texas at Arlington, the University of North Texas and taught in the public schools at Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, Texas. From 2005 until 2008 he also served as the Associate Conductor of the Greater Miami Symphonic Band in Miami, Florida.

During Mr. Clements' tenure, the Texas A&M University-Commerce Wind Ensemble has performed twice at the Texas Music Educators Association Conference (2013 and 2018), at the College Band Directors National Association Southwest Division Conference (2012), in New York's Carnegie Hall (2012) and in Salzburg and Vienna, Austria in the Spring of 2016. The Wind Ensemble has released two compact disks: Convergence (2012) and Traveler (2017).

A proponent of new quality music for wind band, he has been involved in commissions and premieres by prominent composers such as David Maslanka, Libby Larson, Bob Mintzer, Bradley Bodine, David Sampson, James Syler, and Michael Daugherty as well as regional premieres of works by Jim Stephenson, Michael Colgrass, Don­ald Grantham and many others. He has collaborated with numerous guest artists including Craig Mor­ris, Dale Underwood, Thomas Hooten, John Marcellus, and Allen Vizzutti.

He is in continuous demand as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator for ensembles across the United States. In addition, Mr. Clements has authored articles for the Instrumentalist, Southwestern Musician, Texas Bandmasters Review, and Fanfare magazines and lectured at numerous state conferences across the Southwest. He has also contributed to the GIA series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors as President for the Texas Bandmasters Association. He is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, College Band Director's National Association. He is an elected member of the Phi Beta Mu honorary bandmaster's fraternity and in 2018 was honored with membership in the American Bandmasters Association.

Educational Background

  • MME, Music Education, University of North Texas, 1993
  • BME., Music Education, University of North Texas, 1990

Featured Courses

  • Wind Ensemble
  • Conducting I
  • Conducting II
  • Graduate Conducting
  • Graduate Windband Literature

Selected Publications

  • Clements, Phillips. “If Only I Had a One More Rehearsal – Creating Efficient and Effective Rehearsals” 2013. Bandmasters Review Magazine. 17-20.
  • Clements, Phillip. “Breaking the Everyday Routine” 2013. Southwestern Musician Magazine. 12-14.
  • Clements, Phillip. “Developing a Balanced Sound” 2005. Fanfare Magazine. 20-21.

Professional Organizations

  • Texas Bandmasters Association
  • Phi Beta Mu National Honorary Bandmaster’s Association
  • College Band Director’s National Association
  • Texas Music Educators Association
  • American Bandmasters Association
  • Tau Beta Sigma National Band Sorority
  • Kappa Kappa Si National Band Fraternity
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