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Phillips Music Company Mission Statement

Our goal is to encourage participation in and enjoyment of all forms of music through the sale and promotion of quality musical instrument products and accessories in a friendly atmosphere where the customer is the first priority.

A little about us...

Our Staff

  • David Jackson (owner): A 1975 graduate of Lawton Eisenhower High School and a 1979 graduate of Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a BA in Music degree, David has been with the company since 1980. At that time he was Store Manager, until January of 1998 when owner Don Phillips retired and sold the business to him. Along with a degree in piano performance, he has been involved with electronic keyboards since 1979, when as keyboardist with Wings of Light, a contemporary Christian band, his setup consisted of a Rhodes electric piano and an early Roland monophonic synthesizer. Active in the Worship Band at First Baptist Church, he still performs and records with several local musicians in various styles, including big-band jazz, contemporary Christian, and salsa.

  • David Wilson (guitar department manager): David took charge of guitar sales, maintenance, and repair in mid-April 2004. He is no stranger, however, having worked here part-time from 1992 through 1995. He has taught private guitar lessons for over twenty five years and has performed with several local bands over the years. He has fully embraced computer-based recording, operating a project studio at our education center and providing hands-on product support on our in-store PC.

  • Graydon Miller Jr.: Graydon came to work part-time in 1988 after "retirement" from thirty years as owner of Miller Band Instrument Company. His knowledge of the band instrument industry proved invaluable as Phillips Music expanded into that market. (Note: Graydon passed away in March of 2002. His contribution to the Lawton music community will be missed, and his bio remains here as a small tribute.)

  • Melissa Johnson: After travelling the country (from Oklahoma to Connecticut at least), Melissa returned to Lawton in 2014 and Phillips Music in July of 2015. She has a Bachelors of Music degree from Cameron University and loves to sing as well as play clarinet, sax, and ukulele. In her free time, Melissa also enjoys writing and spoiling her Scottish Terrier, Maggie.

  • Kenneth Williams: Kenneth came on board as a familiar face in 2016, having been the resident bass player in our student/teacher bands for the previous few years. He was born in Ft. Bragg, NC but moved to Lawton when in elementary school. He graduated from Lawton Eisenhower in 2015 and attended Cameron University as a Music Major. He plays trombone, euphonium, and tuba as well as guitar and bass guitar. He's an avid reader and an Eagle Scout - favorite band - Needtobreathe.

  • Anthony Moore (Mo): Originally from NE Alabama, Mo played trumpet, baritone, and french horn in high school. For a short time after high school he apprenticed in instrument repair in Gadsden, Alabama. He served in the US Army from 2005-2011, which led him to Lawton-Ft Sill. He has been sound tech at a local music venue for 7 years, joining the Phillips Music team in August of 2019. Mo is a fan of all local music, art, events, and entertainment.

Meet the Teachers...

the PMEC "faculty"

  • David Wilson - Education Center Coordinator - teaches guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, and Producers Class. David brings over 20 years of teaching experience to our program and is responsible for the day-to-day workings of our Center. He enjoys many styles of music - especially Classical, Jazz, and anything by Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. He's currently taking a break from producing several recording projects at Black Lab Studios located inside our all new Ed Center.
  • Michael Wood - teaches guitar and ukulele. Also from Lawton, Michael graduated from Lawton Eisenhower High School in 1968 and the University of Oklahoma in 1972. He also has a Masters Degree from the Florida Institute of Technology. His favorite guitar players include Pete Huttlinger, Tommy Emmanuel, and Doyle Dykes. Michael has numerous years of experience playing fingerstyle acoustic guitar and enjoys sharing the joy of making music with others. When not picking, he can be found gardening and landscaping at home.
  • Paul Martin - teaches guitar, drum set and percussion. Paul graduated from Cache High School and is a Music Ed Major at Cameron University. He coaches several area drum lines and looks forward to becoming a Band Director. Two of his favorite drummers are Tony Royster Jr. and Matt Garstka. He's also a HUGE soccer fan - especially the UK teams.

  • Kenneth Williams - teaches bass guitar and brass. A native of North Carolina, Kenneth moved to Lawton in 2003. A graduate of Lawton Eisenhower, he's currently a Music Major at Cameron University. He plans on performing professionally after graduating. His favorite low brass player is Stephen Meade - favorite bass player - Victor Wooten.

  • Melissa Johnson - teaches clarinet and saxophone. Melissa returns to the PMEC staff after a few years away. She graduated from Elgin High School and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Cameron University. She's recently picked up the ukulele for fun and is furthuring her love of writing by starting a blog about musical instruments. Click on Myrtle's Blog on our home page..

  • Natalie Finley - teaches orchestral strings. Natalie is the newest member of the PMEC faculty. She's also a native Lawtonian, having graduated from Lawton High School in 2013. She's currently working toward a Music Ed degree at Cameron University. Her musical tastes run the gamut from Classical to Metal. She's also a 'video game nerd' and a big fan of anime'.

  • Gabrial Caron - teaches voice and beginning piano. Gabrial is from Altus, and graduated from Altus High School in 2014. He recently graduated with a Music Education degree from Cameron University. His favorite classical musician is Alessandro Scarlatti, though he also enjoys works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin. He's also a fan of rock music, mainly alternative rock. Though primarily a singer, he also enjoys composing his own music.

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