Dear Plains Parents and Students,
My name is Phil Chumley and I am the Director of Band at Lakota Plains. For those of you who don’t already know me, I was the first band director at Lakota Plains when the school opened in 2003 and I was there for seven years before being transferred to Lakota West High School where I was the Assistant Director of Bands for Lakota West High and Lakota West Freshman School until my return to Lakota Plains for the 2014-15 school year. I graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland (a long time ago) with a degree in Music Education, and I pursued my Master’s degree in Clarinet performance there as well.
The Bands from Lakota Plains have performed at the highest level in the Ohio Music Education Association Large Group Adjudicated Event, Class A and achieved Superior ratings. In 2006, the Plains 8th Grade Band traveled to Cleveland, OH to participate in the OMEA Professional Development Conference and in 2008, the 8th Grade Band was a featured performer at the OMEA Professional Development Conference held here in Cincinnati. As Assistant Director of Bands at Lakota West, I’ve traveled with the Marching Firebirds to Florida to participate in the Universal Studios and Disney Holiday parades in 2010, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2013 and to the Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan 1, 2015. I also traveled with the Lakota West Symphonic Winds to the 2011 Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Ill, the most prestigious performance venue for a high school concert band in America where I was honored to guest conduct Symphonic Winds.
I hope you will check this page often for announcements and updates about band at Lakota Plains.
Please feel free to contact me via the links below. I look forward to seeing you all very soon.
Director of Bands
Lakota Plains Junior School
5500 Princeton Road
Liberty Township, OH 45011