Director of Instrumental Activities
Phillip L. Clements is the Director of Bands and Instrumental Activities at Texas A&M University in Commerce, Texas. In this role, Mr. Clements serves as conductor of the wind ensemble, teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting, and guides the instrumental area within the Department of Music. Prior to his appointment in 2008, Mr. Clements served on the faculties of the University of Miami, University of Texas at Arlington, the University of North Texas and taught in the public schools at Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, Texas.
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 as well as regional premieres of works by Michael Colgrass and Don¬ald Grantham. He has collaborated with numerous guest artists and composers including Craig Mor¬ris, Thomas Hooten, John Marcellus, Allen Vizzutti, David Maslanka and Michael Daugherty. 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 and Fanfare magazines and lectured at numerous state conferences across the Southwest including the Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Bandmasters Association. He has also contributed to the GIA series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band.
Mr. Clements’ ensembles have performed at the Texas Music Educators Association Conference, the College Band Directors National Association Southwest Division Conference and in New York’s Carnegie Hall. From 2005 until 2008 he served as the Associate Conductor of the Greater Miami Symphonic Band in Miami, Florida. Mr. Clements holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of North Texas. He is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and College Band Director’s National Association and is an elected member of the Phi Beta Mu honorary bandmaster’s fraternity.