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


The Filip Family
     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.

Arthur Galope
FHS Assistant Director
Quinlan, TX

      Hello! My Name is Mr.  Arthur Galope, Jr. and I am the newly hired Assistant High School Band Director for Ford High School.  I received my Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), and received my Teaching Certification through the University of Texas at Tyler. My primary

instrument is the Trombone, and have studied under some of the most well known Professors and Clinicians in the State of Texas including Mr. Ray Lichtenwalter, Mr. Phillip Clements, Mr. Andrew Russell, Mr. Daren McHenry, Mr. Bill Snodgrass, Dr. Michael Varner, Dr. Rick Bogard, Dr. George Chave, and Dr. Carol Jessup.  I performed in the Marching Band, University Band, Symphonic Band, Basketball Band, and the Symphony Orchestra while attending UTA. I was also as also an active member in the Band Service Fraternity known as Kappa Kappa Psi and held numerous Leadership Role positions within the Band and Service Fraternity.

I will be beginning my 13th year of Band Directing.  Last year I was one of three Assistant Directors for Kemp ISD, and before that I spent 11 years with Caddo Mills ISD; 10 of which I was Director of Bands.  In my 12 years of being a Band Director have either earned or helped earn:

  • Multiple Division I Ratings for UIL Marching Band

  • Four time Qualifier for Area Marching Band Contest

  • Four time Sweepstakes Award for UIL Concert and Sightreading

  • State Finalist in the March Category of  the ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series

I am an active member of TMEA, ATSSB, and TBA in which I have held Positions of All-Region Band and All-State Band Organizer for ATSSB.  I have also performed with the Van Zandt and Tyler Community Bands.

I am married to Erin Galope, and we have one child, Adrian Jack (AJ).  My wife, who plays the clarinet, will be beginning her first year of teaching as a Junior Level/Dual Credit English Teacher in another district, and my son, who plays percussion, will be in the 7th Grade in the same district my wife teaches in.  We are all active members in our community as well as church. My hobbies include family, outdoor activities, and serving my church.

Stephanie Evans
TMS Head 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.

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.

Amber Clowers
Fine Arts Secretary
Color Guard Director
Quinlan, TX

Amber Clowers with color guard students

  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. 

        Amber and her husband, Jeremy, have spent 23 years together. They have two children, Ausitn (20) and Zoe (14). In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, crafting, and traveling.