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. In addition, Mr. Clements serves as the Assistant Head of the Department of Music. 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 Michael Colgrass, and Donald Grantham. In the spring of 2017 the Wind Ensemble presented the world premiere of Michael Daugherty’s newest work Of War and Peace. 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-Elect 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 the American Bandmasters Association.
Rick Condit began his career in jazz and jazz education in 1973 as the tenor saxophone soloist with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Since then he has performed and taught in over 25 countries on five continents.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, he spent more than 10 years there as a freelance professional, performing with such noted artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Clark Terry, Louie Belson, Ray Brown, Oliver Nelson, Bob Hope, and the San Francisco Symphony Pops Orchestra.
Having made Louisiana his home since 1981, he spent 30 years as Director of Jazz Studies at McNeese State University on Lake Charles. In addition to taking the McNeese Jazz Ensemble on several international tours and hosting dozens of guest artists, Rick has also served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar and Senior Specialist, Kennedy Center Jazz Ambassador to Africa, and received numerous awards including a Louisiana Artist Fellowship and Hall of Fame award.
Rick is currently Director of Jazz Ensembles and Associate Professor of Saxophone at Lamar University in Beaumont Texas. Recent performances have included the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Sitka Jazz Festival in Alaska with Ingrid Jensen, the Capital University Jazz and World Music Festival with Bobby Shew and Tom “Bones“ Malone, the Greater Saint Louis Jazz Festival, Loyola Jazz Festival, Jazz Camp West, Jim Widner Big Band Camps, Joey DeFrancesco, Wycliffe Gordon, Tom Scott, John Pizzarelli, and as a regular member of the Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra.
Rick is an endorsing artist for the Conn-Selmer Corporation, JodyJazz Products, and D’Addario Woodwinds. He additionally does consulting work for McGraw-Hill Higher Education Publications and is Volunteer and Media Coordinator for the Jazz Education Network.