Phone: 337.217.4700 ext. 5812
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Music Education, Master of Music
Mr. Phillip P. Oliver
Phillip P. Oliver is a native of Westlake, LA. He attended McNeese State University where he studied trombone with Professor William G. Rose and instrumental conducting with Dr. Jeffery J. Lemke, graduating with a Bachelors of Music Education in Instrumental Music. During his time at McNeese, he participated in numerous instrumental and vocal ensembles, and performed in orchestras for several theatrical productions. Mr. Oliver served as sectional leader and equipment manager for "The Pride of McNeese" Marching Band and Basketball Pep Band, principal trombonist for the MSU Wind Symphony, and lead trombone for the MSU Jazz Band. Mr. Oliver continued his musical studies at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, where he received a Master of Music.
Mr. Oliver has performed with many notable musical acts including Marcia Ball, Jason Marsalis, Marcus Roberts Trio, Bobby Sanabria, Bill Churchville, Jeff Gardner, Roberto Sion e Campagne, the Boston Brass, Arturo O'Farrill, and the Voices of London. He was also afforded the opportunity in 2010 to tour with the MSU Jazz Band and University of Northern Colorado Big Band in Romania as an alumni guest performer. Mr. Oliver remains an active performer in the community.
Mr. Oliver's professional experience includes several years at Sam Houston High School and Moss Bluff Middle School, where he served as Assistant Director of Bands, assisting with the "Pride & Spirit" Marching Band and serving as Director of the Sam Houston High School Concert Band and Jazz Band. He served as District V High School Buccaneer Honor Band Chairman for 2009, 2010, and 2011 and was also selected as a clinician and director for the 2011 Calcasieu Parish LCB Academy Band, which received a "Superior" rating at the LMEA District V Large Ensemble Assessment. Mr. Oliver spent a year at Iowa High School as the Director of Performing Arts, directing the "Pride of Jacketland" Marching Band, IHS Basketball Pep Band, and the IHS Choir, before coming to W.W. Lewis Middle School in the fall of 2014. He also currently chairs the LMEA District V Jazz Committee overseeing auditions and clinics for the District Jazz Honor Bands.
Mr. Oliver's professional affiliations include: Louisiana Music Educators' Association, Texas Music Educators' Association, Louisiana Association for Jazz Education, Louisiana Bandmasters' Association, Texas Bandmasters' Association, Percussive Arts Society, Jazz Education Network, Organization of American Kodály Educators, LMEA District V Band and Orchestra Directors' Association, International Trombone Association, is an Alumni Member of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity, and an Alumni Member of Phi Mu Alpha, Sinfonia Music Fraternity of America.
Mr. Oliver is married to Rachel Frederick of Sulphur and the proud father of three girls: Amelia, Miriam, and Evelyn. He is a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Carlyss.
Degrees and Certifications:
McNeese State University
Mr. Kyle Cook
Kyle A. Cook is a native of Katy, TX, and graduated from Katy High School. He attended McNeese State University where he studied trumpet with Professor Dave Scott and instrumental education with Dr. Jeffery J Lemke, graduating with Bachelor of Music Education in Instrumental Music. While at McNeese State, Mr. Cook participated in various instrumental groups such as MSU Wind Symphony, MSU Jazz Band, MSU Latin Jazz Band, and Basketball Band. Mr. Cook served as the equipment manager for “The Pride of McNeese” Marching Band.
Mr. Cook has performed with the British Brass Band of Louisiana since June 2016, Lake Charles Community Band, and various churches and community groups throughout Southwest Louisiana.
Mr. Cook is the founder and inaugural Director of Sulphur's All-City Middle School Jazz band, teaching jazz to students from LeBlanc, Maplewood, and W. W. Lewis middle schools. He also operates a private studio for students to take brass lessons in the Sulphur area.
Mr. Cook’s professional experience includes Assistant Band Director at Maplewood Middle School, and teaching Music Appreciation at DeQuincy Middle School. He is currently the Secretary for District V, and is a board member for MusicMakers2U, a group benefiting the youth of SWLA.
Mr. Cook’s professional affiliation includes: Louisiana Music Educators’ Association, Texas Music Educators’ Association, LMEA District V Band and Orchestra Directors’ Association, Alumni of Phi Mu Alpha National Music Fraternity of America. In 2019, Mr. Cook was named the Norman E. Smith Band Director of the Year for his work in the LMEA District V Band & Orchestra Directors' Association. In the same year, he also received the Outstanding Young Music Educator Award from the Louisiana Music Educators' Association.
Mr. Cook is a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sulphur, LA.