Alex Claussen serves as the H.S. Band Director, Instrumental Music Supervisor and Fine Arts Chair. His duties include overseeing the Bruin Brigade, conducting the Senior High Wind Symphony, teaching Beginner Trombone classes at both middle schools and teaching the Beginner Trumpet class at Madison Middle School.
Mr. Claussen earned his BME from the University of Central Oklahoma and has taught at the middle school, high school, and university levels. He is a National Board Certified teacher who has been recognized as the Band Director of the Year by both the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association and the Southwest Oklahoma Band Directors Association. The Oklahoma Music Educators Association has awarded him the Exemplary Teacher Laureate Award. Early in his career, he was selected as the Outstanding Young Band Director of the Year for the state by the American School Band Directors Association and Phi Beta Mu, an honorary Bandmasters Fraternity.
Before coming to Bartlesville, Mr. Claussen taught in Duncan and Sapulpa, OK. While living in Duncan, he twice served as adjunct low brass professor for Cameron University in Lawton. Bands under his direction in both communities earned the highest honors, including OSSAA Outstanding Achievement Awards and Sweepstakes Awards, were named the Outstanding Band at festivals in Chicago and Orlando, and were the Class 5A OBA State Marching Band Champions. While in Sapulpa, the Chieftain Marching Band was invited to march in the Waikiki Holiday Parade and perform at Pearl Harbor to commemorate the 65th Anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The Chieftain Marching Band also made their first appearances in finals competition at the OBA State Marching Band Championships.
In Bartlesville, his bands have continued to experience a high level of success, earning several OSSAA Sweepstakes Awards and finalist positions in marching competitions across the region. His bands have performed in Chicago, St. Louis, Orlando, Los Angeles, Germany, Austria, Ireland and Italy. Mr. Claussen and his staff are very proud of the number of students they have helped earned positions in the All-State Band, earn college music scholarships and earn positions in prestigious summer camps including the Oklahoma Arts Institute, Eastern US Music Camp, Interlochen Arts Academy, Rafael Mendez Brass Institute, the University of Delaware Xylophone Institute and many more. The BHS Wind Symphony was selected through a blind audition to perform a 30 minute concert at the 2020 Oklahoma Music Educators Association Winter Conference, one of only 7 bands in the state chosen for this honor.
Mr. Claussen is currently serving as the band coordinator and has been on staff since 2003 with the Oklahoma Ambassadors of Music, an honor group that tours and performs across 7 European countries in the summer. He has also been active in leadership roles with many professional organizations throughout his career and is proud to be a Past-President of the Oklahoma Chapter of Phi Beta Mu, the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association and the Oklahoma Music Educators Association. As President of OkMEA, he represented over 1,000 music educators across the state of Oklahoma, served on the National Association for Music Association’s Southwest Division Executive Board and traveled to Washington D.C. each summer in part, to meet with members of Congress to discuss the importance of supporting music and arts education.
In addition to his advocacy work, Mr. Claussen has a passion for mentoring young music teachers and enjoys adjudicating and serving as a clinician for music ensembles across our region of the United States. He enjoys spending time and traveling with his wife, Amitia, who is a teacher at Wayside Elementary in Bartlesville and their 2 daughters, Abbie and Katie. Abbie is a senior at BHS and Katie is in 7th grade at Central Middle School. The Claussens also have a Chocolate Lab/Border Collie Mix named "Fudge" whom they consider part of the family!