Phillip Alvarado joined the Lake Highlands H.S. Band staff as the Director of Bands in 2015. Prior to his appointment, he spent 18 years as Director of Bands at Rowlett High School. Mr. Alvarado directs the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band and serves as Fine Arts Coordinator. Prior to his teaching in Rowlett, he taught in the El Paso and Plano Independent School Districts. Mr. Alvarado earned a Bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in Music Education from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce.
For the past thirty years, his marching bands, concert bands and jazz bands have consistently rated “Superior” and have received numerous “Best in Class” awards at festivals around the country. The Rowlett Mighty Eagle Marching Band participated in the Texas UIL State Marching Contest in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2014. In addition, the jazz band was a feature performer at the 2001 Midwest Clinic in Chicago and the 2004 IAJE Conference in New York City. The Rowlett Brass Quintet was a feature performer at the 2007 Midwest Clinic in Chicago. In 2008, the Rowlett Wind Symphony was 4th Runner-Up, TMEA 5A Honor Band and was a National Winner in the National Wind Band Honors competition. In 2010, the Wind Symphony was 2nd Runner-Up in the TMEA 5A Honor Band Competition. Most recently the Rowlett HS Band program was awarded the 2015 “Exemplary Band Program” Award from the Texas Bandmasters Association.
In his first year at Lake Highlands, the Wildcat Marching Band was a top five finisher at invitational contests and a “Sweepstakes” winner at the Region 3 UIL Marching Contest and UIL Concert & Sight-Reading Contest.
Mr. Alvarado holds memberships in the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Phi Beta Mu and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Dallas Wind Symphony from 2009-2011. Mr. Alvarado remains active as an adjudicator, guest conductor and clinician.