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William Austell graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana with a Bachelor of Music Education (BME) degree. Bill taught at the high school level for 21 years in Pennsylvania before moving to New Mexico in August of 2001 to become a member of the faculty at Valencia Middle School (VMS) in Los Lunas. Since his arrival, the VMS bands have been recognized for their musical excellence. Most notably, the VMS Advanced Band earned a rating of Superior and placed first in the middle school division of the 2004, 2006, 2009, and 2011 NMAA Concert Band Competitions. As a bass trombonist, Bill is a member of the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra (AJO). In addition to being a member of the AJO, he has performed with the New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra and the Southwest Opera Orchestra. Mr. Austell also works as a guest clinician, adjudicator, marching band drill designer. Most recently, he conducted the 2014 Albuquerque Middle School Honor Band. Bill is an active member of the New Mexico Music Educators Association (NMMEA). He is the Past- President of the NMMEA Central District, as well as being a current member of a variety of NMMEA committees.