Bill Clausing, who taught band at St.John-Hudson schools for nearly 40 years, was recently honored at the KMEA Inservice Workshop on Feb. 24.
Former St. John-Hudson Band Director Bill Clausing was inducted into the Class of 2018 Kansas Music Hall of Fame at the KMEA Inservice Workshop on February 24.
Induction into the KMEA Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed by the Kansas Music Educators Association, KMEA established the Hall of Fame to honor those career members of the music education community in Kansas who have made a significant contribution to the growth of music in our state. This award honors musicianship of the highest order and recognizes exemplary musical and teaching accomplishments.
Bill has been involved with KMEA serving as Southwest District Executive Secretary/Treasurer for nineteen years, SW District President for two years, and also high school band, junior high band and jazz band chairs. In 2003 he was awarded the Outstanding High School Teacher for the SW District. At the state level, Bill has served as Small School Consultant and on the KMEA Board of Directors. In 2005, the Kansas Bandmasters Association presented Bill with the Outstanding Kansas Teacher of the Year Award. Along with membership in KBA, Bill is a State Past-President and member of Phi Beta Mu Music Fraternity.
Born in Germany, Bill Clausing immigrated to the United States at the age of five, and spent his youth on Long Island, New York. Music was an important part of his life playing in bands on the island during his teenage years, performing with name groups, and cutting records in New York City. After two years of college and taking a break to perform, Bill made the move to Oklahoma with a friend to finish his education. After teaching at Arnett and Waynoka Public Schools, Bill and his wife Rita, moved to St. John, where he spent the next thirty-four years as band director at USD 350, St. John-Hudson. Rita supported the band program by accompanying many students each year and assisting in planning festivals and concerts. Following in her father’s footsteps, daughter Erika is a successful band director in her seventeenth year at Southwestern Heights, Kismet-Plains.
Under Mr. Clausing’s direction, St. John consistently had outstanding bands at music festivals as well as a large percentage of band members participating successfully at solo and ensemble festivals. Not only did Mr. C prepare and encourage students to perform at festivals, church and community functions, he was always available at school to help his students and fellow teachers. The annual HS Dessert Concert was a highlight each year for the community. In 2009, Mr. Clausing retired after forty years of teaching.
Congratulations to Mr. Bill Clausing and the St. John-Hudson communities. This is a great honor for both the teacher and the school district.