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 and 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 new highs 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 also is on Faculty for the Stephen F. Austin State University Middle School Band Camp in June of every summer teaching 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.

    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.  

    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 buildings 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 Wylie, 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.

Kyle Causey
TMS Head Director
FHS Asst. Director
Thompson Middle School
Quinlan, TX

    Kyle Causey is the Head Band Director at C.B. Thompson Middle School and also serves as the Assistant Band Director of Ford High School in Quinlan, Texas. Kyle graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Music Education, Cum Laude, from Texas A&M University – Commerce in December of 2010. He also graduated with his Masters in Education in December of 2014 from Texas A&M Univeristy Commerce. He is  a member of multiple professional organizations including the Texas Music Educator Association, Association of Texas Small School Bands and the Texas Band Masters Association.  

    Mr. Causey has taught in Quinlan for 5 years and during this time the Middle School has seen growth in numbers as well as success at the region and solo and ensemble contests. 

    Prior to Quinlan, Kyle did his internship as well as worked for the Rockwall Independent School District before obtaining a full time teaching position at Quinlan Independent School District. During his collegiate career, Kyle studied trumpet under Bert Truax as well as Michael Rossi. Kyle participated in the “Mane” Attraction Jazz band, the Blue Cat Big Band as well as in the Symphonic Band for Texas A&M University – Commerce. While as Texas A&M University – Commerce Kyle also played an active role as President and Collegiate Province Representative of Phi Mu Alpha – Sinfonia, a music fraternity that devotes its time and resources to stressing the importance of American music. 

    Kyle was married to his wife, Ariel, in Royse City, TX on September 22, 2012.  He, his wife and their two sons Jeremiah and Kellan currently reside in Royse City, TX.  When he is not teaching or playing music, he enjoys spending time outdoors, spending time with his family and relaxing. 

Sauileoge To'afa
TMS Assistant Director
FHS Drumline Director
Thompson Middle School
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 currently Assistant Band Director at Thompson Middle School, and Percussion Tech for Quinlan Independent School District.  He looks forward to making a difference with every staff member and student he comes in contact with.


Amber Clowers
Fine Arts Secretary
Color Guard Director
Quinlan, TX

Amber Clowers has served as both the Fine Arts Secretary and the Color Guard Director for Quinlan ISD since 2013. During this time, she has established a Winter Guard program that has received multiple awards and division 1 ratings at regional and national contests.

Mrs. Clowers holds a B.A. in Psychology from American Military University, and a M.Ed. in Education Teaching & Learning – Student Services from Liberty University. Currently, she is pursuing an additional M.A. in General Psychology. 

Amber and her husband, Jeremy, have spent 20 years together. They have two children, Ausitn (18) and Zoe (12). In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, crafting, and traveling.