Director of Bands
Mr. Rob Chilton is the Director of Bands at Killian Middle School. Prior to his appointment in Lewisville ISD, Mr. Chilton served as the Director of Bands at Myers Middle School in Denton ISD from 2013-2014. Before that he was the Associate Director at Rice Middle School in Plano ISD from 2007-2013. Bands under his direction have consistently earned UIL "Sweepstakes" awards and have been named "Best in Class" and "Most Outstanding Band" at various north Texas music festivals. In 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 the Killian Middle School Honors Band was named a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors Project. Most recently, the Killian Middle School Honors Band was named the Texas Music Educators Association 2018 Class CC Honor Band.
In 2014, Mr. Chilton was named Southern Methodist University's Young Music Educator of the Year. In 2007, Mr. Chilton was named Rice Middle School's Beginning Teacher of the Year. Mr. Chilton has presented as a clinician for the Texas Bandmasters Association in 2007, 2009 and 2017, the Texas Music Educator's Association in 2010, and the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in 2010. Mr. Chilton continues to serve as a trusted adjudicator and clinician in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Mr. Chilton holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Methodist University where he had the opportunity to study music education under the tutelage of Lynne Jackson and Brian Merrill. Mr. Chilton also studied oboe performance with Eric Barr and Erin Hannigan, both former and current Principal Oboists in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Chilton's professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. Outside of teaching, Mr. Chilton can be seen performing regularly as a professional Oboist. He and his wife currently reside in Carrollton and enjoy spending time with family and traveling.
Associate Band Director
Ms. Claire Pittman is the Associate Band Director at Killian Middle School. Her responsibilities at Killian include directing the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, assisting with Honors Band, and teaching the beginning brass classes. Under her direction, the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band have received consistent "Superior" ratings, success at competitive contests, including the recognition of the Wind Ensemble as a commended winner in the Foundation for Music Education Citation of Excellence competition.
Prior to her move to Lewisville ISD, Ms. Pittman spent two years as Assistant Band Director at New Braunfels High School and Ninth Grade Center, where she led the high school's marching brass program as well as the ninth grade bands. Her groups consistently received Superior ratings during her time in New Braunfels ISD.
Since fall 2017, Ms. Pittman has devoted her time away from Killian as an instructor for The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps based in Rosemont, Illinois. The Cavaliers compete in an international circuit known as Drum Corps International (DCI). Her responsibilities at The Cavaliers include teaching the mellophone section well as serving as the Brass Caption Administrator. Ms. Pittman has been involved in some form or fashion with DCI since 2009. Ms. Pittman spent four summers as a performer, traveling thousands of miles across the United States and performing in nearly 30 shows each summer. She spent her final two years as a performer with the Blue Devils, who have not placed lower than 5th place in DCI Finals since 1975. Additionally, in the summer of 2015, she spent six weeks touring Europe as a Performing Staff Member with the Blue Devils International Corps.
Ms. Pittman graduated from Lake Highlands High School in Richardson ISD and went on to study Music Education at Texas Christian University. During her time at TCU, she studied horn with Heather Test and was a member of the Wind Symphony under Bobby Francis. She was also a member and section leader of the TCU Marching Band, which performed at many venues, including the Rose Bowl, the Poinsettia Bowl, and the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. Her time at TCU was concluded by student teaching at Duncanville High School with Jeff King and at Byrd Middle School with Kevin Graham.
Ms. Pittman’s professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Tau Beta Sigma. When she is not at Killian or on the road with the Cavaliers, she spends her time volunteering and fostering dogs for a local Shih Tzu rescue group, Tzu Zoo Rescue.