*Todd Phillips is the Director of Bands at Caldwell Middle School. He has been the band director at Caldwell Middle School for 15 years. He, along with Mr. William Foster, has achieved much success with his middle school concert band including 5 consecutive sweepstakes trophies and 5 consecutive overall grand championships at the Sealy Music Festival in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and just recently in 2010! Just this year, the Beginner Band, conducted by Mr. Foster, came away with a 1st division trophy as well.
*Mr. Phillips is a 1995 graduate from Southwest Texas State University with an all-level K-12 music certification. While at S.W.T.S.U, Mr. Phillips served as camp counselor for the summer music camps, marching squad-leader in the marching band, and was also selected drum major in the fall of 1994. He also participated with the Wind Ensemble performing at the T.M.E.A. Convention in the fall of 1994.
*Mr. Phillips is a woodwind specialist with an emphasis on saxophone.
*Mr. Phillips lives at home with his basset hound, Billie Holiday, who he rescued from the Waco Animal Shelter in 2005. On his time off, Mr. Phillips enjoys walking, working in his yard, and visiting his dad in Denton, Texas.
*Mr. Phillips is an active member at the 1st United Methodist Church in Caldwell where he performs with the handbell choir, oversees the elevator operation for those who require it's use, and is a server/usher during monthly communion. He believes that God is the reason for his success and continues to honor him by giving back in his teaching of band, honoring his parents, and consistently attending church services to acquire all he needs to begin a new, revived week and live life to its fullest.
*Mr. Phillips' teaching philosophy is simple: "Expect the kids to give their best but also expect mistakes to happen. If there are no mistakes, there is nothing to teach. They give their best, I compliment, they hear the good, they bring out more good, and our band is AWESOME! It's a very powerful hour of high expectations, uplifting mistakes, and creative enthusiasm from within. We also agree that EVERYONE deserves to have a bad day."