Monday, January 18, 2021

Successful Band Performance Repair Feature

Suggestions for a Successful Band Performance Experience
by Alex Claussen
Director of Bands, Bartlesville (OK) Schools

Alex ClaussenThe following suggestions are a compilation of my experiences in successfully preparing bands for contest and concert appearances. With the extra challenges we are all experiencing due to Covid-19, I feel planning is even more important. Though we all know our plans are constantly changing right now, I feel having a plan at least gives us an opportunity to recognize what is most important when we do have to make changes. Remember, Covid or not, a plan is a means to meeting a goal; the plan itself is not the goal. Stay focused on your students receiving the best experience.

Good luck & stay safe!!

Alex Claussen is currently the H.S. Band Director, Instrumental Music Supervisor and Fine Arts Chair for the Bartlesville, Oklahoma School District. He earned his BME from the University of Central Oklahoma and has taught at the middle school, high school, and university levels in Oklahoma. Mr. Claussen is a National Board Certified teacher who was named the 2016 Outstanding Band Director of the Year for the state of Oklahoma by the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association. His bands consistently experience a high level of success, earning several OSSAA Sweepstakes Awards and finalist positions in marching competitions across the region. This past January the BHS Wind Symphony performed at the OkMEA Winter Convention as an honor band. His bands have performed in Hawaii, Germany, Austria, Ireland and Italy. Additionally, Alex serves 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. Mr. Claussen has been active in leadership roles with many professional organizations throughout his career including serving as president for the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association, the Oklahoma Chapter of Phi Beta Mu and the Oklahoma Music Educators Association. Alex is married to Amitia, a 4th grade teacher at Wayside Elementary in Bartlesville and they have 2 daughters, Abbie and Katie.

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Jimmy Roffmann
Jimmy Roffmann began his career in instrument repair several years ago as an apprentice at Palen Music Center in Liberty, MO. He grew up in the Ozarks, but relocated to Kansas City to take part in its rich and vibrant music scene. He received a bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies from Missouri State University and currently teaches and performs on the saxophone in the Kansas City area. His hobbies include composing music for video games that don't exist yet and spending time with his best (dog) friends Kioko and Yuki.

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