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Charlie Bartrug

Store Manager - Oklahoma City, OK

Phone: (405) 412-6024


Charles Bartrug retired after 33 years as an Oklahoma public school band director. The last thirteen years were spent as High School Band Director and Coordinator of Instrumental Music in Yukon, OK. Before coming to Yukon, Mr. Bartrug was band director at Midwest City HS, Guthrie High School, Owasso Junior High, and Collinsville Junior High. Bands under Charlie’s direction have earned twenty one O.S.S.A.A. Sweepstakes Awards and three Double Sweepstakes Awards. The Guthrie High School Symphonic Band performed as an honor group for the OMEA Convention in 1999, and the Yukon High School Wind Ensemble performed in 2014. Mr. Bartrug is a 2014 inductee into the Oklahoma Bandmaster’s Hall of Fame. He earned National Board Certification in 2004, was the 2005 Oklahoma Bandmasters Association Band Director of the Year, the 2005 Yukon High School Teacher of the Year, and a 2009 OMEA Exemplary Teacher. Charlie served as the Oklahoma Music Educator’s Association Band Vice-President, and has presented clinics at the OMEA and OBA Conventions. He was twice named the A.S.B.D.A. Stanbury Award winner for outstanding young band director at the State and Region level, and was twice named Guthrie High School Teacher of the Year. The highlight of Charlie’s career was teaching band alongside his wife Nancy for 26 years. Charlie now serves as store manager for the Oklahoma City location of Palen Music Center, where he enjoys serving the school band and orchestra community.

Charlie was named MVP of Palen Music Center in 2017.