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 is very active on the district level having served in many capacities and is currently serving as the Executive Secretary of the Band & Orchestra Directors' Association and State Middle School Represenative for the Louisiana Association for Jazz Education. 

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, 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 the proud father of three girls: Amelia, Miriam, and Evelyn. He is an Eagle Scout, Master Mason, and Shriner. He is a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Carlyss.

Phone: 337.217.4700 ext. 5812


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Music Education

Mr. Blake Gilbert

Blake C. Gilbert is a native of Pasadena,TX, and graduated from Pasadena Memorial High School. He attended McNeese State University where he studied percussion with Dr. Lonny Benoit and instrumental education with Dr, Jeffery J Lemke, graduating with a Bachelor of Music Education in Instrumental Music. While at McNeese State, Mr. Gilbert participated in various instrumental groups such as MSU Wind Symphony where he served as the principal timpanist from 2016-2017,  MSU Steel Band, MSU African Drum and Dance ensemble and “The Pride of McNeese” Marching band where he served as drum captain in 2016. Mr. Gilbert has performed with various churches and community groups throughout Southwest Louisiana. He also operates a private percussion studio for students to take percussion lessons in the Lake Charles area.  


Mr. Gilbert’s professional experience includes Head Band Director at St. Louis Catholic High School, Assistant Band Director at East Beauregard High School, and Assistant Band Director at Deridder Jr. High School.  


Mr. Gilbert’s professional affiliation includes: Louisiana Music Educator’s Association, Texas Music Educator’s Association, LMEA District V Band and Orchestra Director’s Association. 


 Mr Gilbert proudly endorses Salyers Percussion sticks and mallets. 



Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Brady Simon

Brady Simon is a native of Houma, Louisiana, and graduated from South Terrebonne High School. He attends McNeese State University where he studies trumpet and instrumental music education, and is completing his student teaching requirement at W. W. Lewis.

While at McNeese State, Mr. Simon has participated in various instrumental groups and had the opportunity to perform with the Pride of McNeese Marching Band in the London New Year's Day Parade. Mr. Simon has performed with various churches and community groups throughout Southwest Louisiana. He also operates a private studio for students to take lessons on brass instruments.

 Mr. Simon is very passionate about all kinds of music and has a genuine love for music education.

Last Modified on August 24, 2021