PAST-DIRECTOR OF BANDS / FINE ARTS
Past-Director of Bands, Rob Toups
Rob Toups is Director of Bands and Fine Arts for the Canton Independent School District in Canton, Texas. He has been in this position since 1991. Mr. Toups is a member of Association of Texas Small School Bands, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Band Masters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Central States Judges Association and Phi Beta Mu. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and has 27 years of experience as a public and private school music educator. Under Mr. Toups' tenure at the CISD, Canton bands have earned 20 years of consecutive UIL Sweepstakes awards and since 1998, have been finalists in State UIL marching, TMEA concert honor band and ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series. Mr. Toups is the recipient of the prestigious Texas University Interscholastic League Sponsor Excellence award and in 2013, the Texas Bandmasters Association presented Rob with a career achievement award for exemplary leadership as a High School Band Director. His CHS bands have performed in Dublin Ireland, Montreal Canada, throughout the United States, notably West Point Military Academy and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Additionally, his Canton High School Symphonic Winds were named the TMEA State AAA Honor Band in 2003 and several of his concert groups have won numerous OPS competitions. In addition to earning two UIL State Bronze medals and one Silver, his CHS marching bands were named the three-time consecutive UIL Texas State Marching Champions in 2002, 2004 and 2006. Along with his duties with the Canton ISD, Mr. Toups served as the Association of Texas Small School Bands’ AAA representative to the State Board from 1998-2004, and has served from 2005 to present as President-Elect, President and Past-President. Rob also served as the Texas Music Adjudicators Association Marching Band Vice-President from 2004-2008. Mr. Toups maintains a very demanding schedule as a conductor, adjudicator and clinician throughout Texas and nationally, holding workshops and speaking on successful teaching techniques, student motivation and music education in rural school settings, in addition to articles published in the Texas Bandmasters Review. He and his lovely wife Carolyn have three children, Leah, Mark, Lindsey, her husband Chris and grandchildren Will and Cate.