Alexander Austell received his bachelor of music education degree from the University of New Mexico in 2016. Right out of college, Mr. Austell was hired as the Director of Bands at Rio Rancho Middle School and was there for 5 years before becoming the full-time Associate Director of Bands at Rio Rancho High School.

Mr. Austell is an accomplished trumpet player and has experience playing with the New Mexico Philharmonic and competing in the National Trumpet Competition during his college years. As a teacher, Mr. Austell was asked to present a brass methods clinic at the New Mexico Music Educators Association All-State Conference in 2019, and accepted an invitation to present a clinic at the conference in 2022. He also has experience as a guest clinician for different band programs across the state.

Mr. Austell’s most important goal is to inspire his students to be the best version of themselves through music. He is happily married to his wife Mary Allison Austell, who happens to be the orchestra director at the same school. Mr. Austell is an avid Star Wars fan, plays video games in his spare time, and loves cats!