Martin R. Filip  
Director of Fine Arts
Director of Bands
FHS Head Director
Quinlan, TX


     Mr. Filip's passion for music came about at a very young age, as he played the piano, church handbells and sang in the church choir all before starting 6th Grade Band. He started his band career in 6th Grade learning how to play the clarinet that started the path to become the director he is today.

     Mr. Filip has been the Director of Bands for Quinlan ISD since Fall 2005. While under the direction of Mr. Filip, the Quinlan Bands have reached sweepstakes at contest and increased the band enrollment significantly.  Mr. Filip holds memberships in several professional organizations including the Texas Music Educators Association, Association of Texas Small School Bands and the Texas Bandmasters Association. Mr. Filip has been on faculty for the Stephen F. Austin State University Middle School and High School Band Camps in June of every summer teaching Clarinet and Bass Clarinet Masterclasses.  

    Mr. Filip currently serves as an officer for the Association of Small School Bands Region 3 holding the position as Assistant Region Coordinator/Webmaster.  Previously Mr. Filip served as Region Jazz Coordinator.  He previously served as the ATSSB All-State Jazz Band Organizer every year during the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic and Convention.

    Mr. Filip studied Clarinet under Dr. Christopher Ayer at Stephen F. Austin State University where he earned his Bachelor's in Music Education with a concentration in Instrumental Music graduating Cum Laude.  While at Stephen F. Austin State University he studied conducting privately with Mr. Fred J. Allen, Director of Bands.  Mr. Filip was a member in the SFA Wind Ensemble, Lumberjack Marching Band, SFA Chamber Winds, Woodwind Ensembles and soloed in several recital settings.  

    In May 2015, Mr. Filip graduated with his Masters in Educational Leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University.

    Mr. Filip has a background in Pro Audio Technologies.  While at SFA, Marty was part of the Sound Engineer Team that was in charge of all music events at the university.  He provided anything from recording, live sound, video and special lighting services for these events.  He was also part of the team that rewired the music building two concert halls to be run from the same location, a old storage closet that the team converted into the new sound recording lab.

    Marty was married to his wife, Sarah, in Nacogdoches, TX on June 4, 2005.  He and his family currently reside in Fate, TX.  Marty and his wife have two sons, Noah who was born in August of 2009 and Caleb who was born in September of 2015.  When he's not teaching or playing music, he enjoys relaxing with his family, spending time outdoors on the lake or beach, working on small projects, watching movies and traveling.

Stephanie Evans
FHS Assistant Director
Color Guard Director
Quinlan, TX       
The Evans Family

    Stephanie Evans is the Head Band Director at C. B. Thompson Middle School and also serves as an assistant director at Ford High School in Quinlan, TX. Stephanie is a graduate of McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She studied clarinet under Janet Scott and was privileged to study music under Dr. Jeffrey Lemke and Keith Gates. While studying music education at MSU, Mrs. Evans frequently performed with numerous ensembles such as the MSU Wind Symphony, various MSU Clarinet ensembles, the MSU Color Guard, the Lake Charles Community Band, and the Lake Charles Community Dedication project for the 200th Anniversary of Mozart. She also performed with many artists including The Boston Brass, The Marcus Roberts Trio, and Sion é Companhia.

        Mrs. Evans started her music career path by teaching color guard in Louisiana. She assisted her former director at Sam Houston High School in Moss Bluff, Louisiana for several years. She also became co-captain of the McNeese State University Color Guard. After two years of being co-captain, she was named as co-director of the Color Guard program until she graduated. Upon graduation, Mrs. Evans moved to Texas where she worked for Victoria Memorial High School, Mabank High School, and previously at Kaufman Junior High School.

        Stephanie is a current member of Texas Music Educator’s Association, the Association of Texas Small School Bands, and Texas Bandmasters’ Association. She is also an alumnus of the professional music fraternity of Sigma Alpha Iota, the professional music sorority Tau Beta Sigma, and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Stephanie and her husband, Christopher, currently reside in Terrell with their children, James (12), Lily (9) and Blake (2). In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her family, read or craft.

Derrell Wallace
TMS Head Director
Quinlan, TX
Derrell Wallace grew up in Terrell, Texas. In 2014, he graduated from Texas A&M University – Commerce with a degree in Music Education. While a student, he sat as principal tubist in the university’s wind ensemble, participated in jazz band, chamber ensembles, and marched with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. 

Upon the completion of his degree, he attended Oklahoma City University where he received his Master’s in Tuba Performance . 

He went on to serve as the head middle school band at Herman Furlough Middle School in Terrell, Texas, the very school that he attended. Before bringing his talents back home in 2016, he assisted with the direction of various marching bands in both North Texas and Central Oklahoma. 

He is honored to also be a staff member at The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. 

He will now serve as the head director of Thompson Middle School in Quinlan, Texas and very much looks forward to the exchange of experience with all that he is to come into contact with while progressing music in the community.

Sauileoge To'afa
TMS Assistant Director
FHS Percussion Director
Quinlan, TX

  Sauileoge Lino To’afa (known mostly as “Mr. T”) is from the island of American Samoa.  Surrounded by an environment and culture rich with music, Sauileoge decided to pursue music as a career.  He began by serving four years in the Tafuna High School Warrior Band and remained active in his church praise band. 

    Soon after, Mr. To’afa completed his Associates Degree in Music at the American Samoa Community College.  He then transferred to Texas A&M University-Commerce (TAMUC) to further his education.  It is at TAMUC where he honed his skills as a musician and narrowed his focus in the area of Percussion.  On May 15th 2010, Mr. To’afa completed his Bachelor of Science in Music Education TAMUC where he was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Baptist Student Ministry, Symphonic Band, Mane Attraction Jazz Band, Percussion Club, and Percussion Ensemble.

    As a service to his home island of American Samoa, Sauileoge To’afa decided to give back to his community by returning home to teach at Samoana High School as a band director.  Upon completing that service, he moved back to Texas where he has been active in teaching in the Garland Independent School District.

    Mr. To’afa is serving as the Assistant Band Director at Thompson Middle School, and Percussion Director in his 7th year in the Quinlan ISD.  He looks forward to making a difference with every staff member and student he comes in contact with.

    Sauileoge To'afa enjoys spending as much time with his beautiful wife Kathryn and handsome son Titus. When Mr. T is not helping students learn music, he is making music at Living Hope Baptist Church where he serves as the worship pastor. Recently, Sauileoge has been serving as one of the Association of Texas Small School Bands percussion hosts at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio for the years of 2017-2018.