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About Us

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 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.
  • Tony Bertram: Tony is no stranger, having taught lessons in our Ed Center for several years. In October of 2012, he altered his career path as a public school educator and opted for the world of retail, becoming the first Phillips Music 'drum guy'. He's an active local musician, both as a drummer and with his new solo project 'Root of all Revel'.

  • Deborah Huntley: Deborah joined the PMC staff in May of 2014. She's into a wide variety of music, but especially likes "anything old", including Ragtime, Big Band, and Disney. Originally from Elgin, she enjoys writing poetry and playing bass guitar and ukulele in her free time.

  • Kenneth Williams: Kenneth is the 'new guy' at Phillips, but he's no stranger - he's been the resident bass player in our student/teacher bands for the last 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 now attends 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.

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. 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.
  • Tony Bertram - teaches guitar, drum set and percussion. Another Lawton native, Tony graduated from Lawton High School in 2003. He received his Bachelor in Music from Cameron University in 2008, and began working full time in our store as the 'drum guy' in October of 2012. He's an active local musician and is also interested in music production. His current favorite drummer - Joey Jordison of Slipknot.
  • Laura Bolsen - teaches violin, viola, cello, and double bass. - Laura come to us from the Chicago area, having graduated from high school in Evanston, Il. She obtained her Bachelor of Music (Performance) from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory in Cleveland in 2009 and her Masters in Music Education from the University of Akron in Ohio. Her primary instrument is double bass - 2 favorite players are Esperanza Spaulding and Edgar Meyer. When not teaching, she's an avid book reader.

  • 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 degre 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. Watch for it here soon.

  • Alyson Hays - teaches voice. Though she was born in Duncan, OK Alyson was at Marlow (OK) Public Schools K-12, graduating in 2010. She just graduated form Cameron University with her Bachelor of Music Education and is currently teaching music at Whittier Elementary. Her favorite singer is Oklahoma's own Reba McEntire and enjoys mainstream 'pop' music the most. Claim to fame: She owns over 150 different lapel pins.

  • Diana Kirby - teaches piano. Diana is from Lawton and is a member of the Home School Class of 2013. She's currently a Music Ed major at Cameron University. Her favorite classical musician is Chopin - pop music favorites include Panic! at the Disco. She's an avid reader and claims to have visited Disneyland 5 times.

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