Nebraska State Bandmasters Assocition



Dr. Carola Winkle - Chadron State College

Jack Fischer - Norfolk Public Schools

Dr. Dan Schmidt, from Hastings College



John Svagera - OPS Marrs Junior High for OPS 1972-1975, the elementaries for Bellevue Public Schools 1976-1977, then he taught 30 years at Papillion and LaVista Junior Highs 1977-2007.

Jerry Johnson - Ord High School (3 yr), Millard Public Scuools for 32 years

Linda Donohue - 20 years as the director of the Gerald Otte-Blair Middle School 7th and 8th Grade Bands and 17 years in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Bryan Johnson - 38 years at Oakland-Craig Public Schools.

Kathy Dalby - Kathy is retiring after teaching for 28 years. Waverly High School 1991-2008



Roger Thaden



Mrs. Teresa Christensen -York Public Schools, Osceola Public Schools, Superior Public Schools

Richard Luhr - Osmond Community School, Osmond Community School from 1981 to Present.

Dr. Gary Davis - U.S. Navy from 1971-1974, .  He taught at Cedar Bluff Public Schools, 1974-1976, Schuyler Central High School, 1977-1982, University of Iowa Graduate assistant, 1982-1983, Wayne State College, 1984-1990, and the University of Nebraska Kearney, 1990 to Present

Stanley Johnson - Trenton Public Schools, 1961-1966, Burwell Public Schools  1966-1968, Broken Bow Public Schools 1968-1972 and Shickley Public Schools 1996-2009.

Robert Jenkins - 1979, oboe in the Omaha Symphony and began tesching in Westside School System.



Keith Byrkit - Wausa Public Schools 1974 – 1985, Treynor, IA Public Schools 1985 – 1988 -  Valentine Public Schools 1988 – 1990, and David City Public Schools from 1992 – 1993 and 2000 to present.

Ron Rickert - He has 32 years of teaching experience teaching at Malcolm Public Schools from Jan. 1979 to May of 1979, Sutton Public Schools from 1980 to 1987, Aurora Public Schools from 1987 to 1988, Geneva/Fillmore Central Public Schools from 1988 to 2006, York Public Schools from 2006 to 2010, and returned to Sutton for 2010 to 2011.



Ted Luebbem - Burwell Public Schools – 1974 to 1988, and Fairbury Public Schools 1988 to Present.

Joel Sunderman - Nebraska City Public Schools from 1982 to 2010, 2010, In 2010 he retired to Lincoln, where he was offered a position at the Information Technology Focus Program of Lincoln Public Schools teaching Digital Video, and Media, 3D Animation, and Mobile App Development, stating “It’s never too late to learn something new.

Scot Thompson - He taught at Tri County Public schools 1979-1989, Elkhorn High School 1989-1996, and Elkhorn Middle Schools 1996 to Present. 

Roger Groth - His teaching experiences include:  St. Bernards Junior High School, 1975 -  Arbor Heights Junior High Band, Arbor Heights Elementary Band, Loveland Elementary Band, and Westgate Elementary Band all in the Westside Community Schools, 1975 – 1982, and Westisde High School Director of Bands 1982 to Present.

Larry Rathbun -  He has taught in Odell, North Bend, Syracuse, Albion, Franklin, David City, Columbus and currently at Millard North.



Paul Ramp - Mr. Ramp has taught for 41 years, with 36 being in Nebraska.  He taught at Fremont Mills in Tabor Iowa for 2 years, and Torrington Wyoming for 3 years, and in Nebraska he taught at Nemaha Valley, Auburn, McCook, Blair, Friend, and for the last 3 years has been at Litchfield. 

Everett Fidler -. Mr. Fidler began his teaching career at Davenport in 1994, and then David City in 1998, and Adams Middle School in North Platt from 1999-2005.  Mr. Fidler had to retire early due to health issues with his arthritis. 

Debbie Jenkins - Mrs. Jenkins was able to spend her entire teaching career of 33 years with the Millard Public Schools.


Jim Schulz - Mr. Schulz taught for 36 years, and retired in May of 2013 from Pound Middle School. His individual honors include: Outstanding young Man in America in 1988, LPS Gold Star award recipient twice at Dawes and Pound Middle School, NMEA music educator of the year in 2001, Recognized by SBO as one of 50 teachers who make a difference in 2003, Received the NSBA Distinguished Service award in 2008, and received the NMEA distinguished service award in 2011. Jim was a member of NSBA, NMEA, NAFME, Phi Beta Mu, and NEA.  He was NMEA orchestra chair in 1986-87, NMEA middle level chairin 1995-96, and Jim was the NSBA middle level rep and also NSBA president in 2006-07.

Bill Kellett - Mr. Kellet has taught for 33 years, and is retiring in May of 2014 from Papillion-La Vista South High School. 
During his career his bands have received numerous superior ratings and have traveled extensively to represent Nebraska.  Performance highlights include a concert tour to Mexico in 1991, two Presidential Inaugural Parades in 1993 and 2001, and the London Millennium Parade and Concert on January 1, 2000. Bill is a member of NAfME, NSBA, NEA, and PLEA.  In 1986, he received the Jack Snider Outstanding Young Band Director Award. 

Randy Neuhearth - Dr. Neuharth taught for 40 years, and will retire in May of 2014 from Northeast Community College, where he has taught the past 13 years.  His individual honors include: Nominated as Outstanding Rural Educator, Honorary Chapter FFA Degree, National Band Association – Citation of excellence in 2001 selected as a member of Phi Beta

David Young - Mr. Young has taught a total of 51 years, and is retiring in May of 2014 from Lincoln Southeast High School. Dave’s individual honors are: NSBA Citation of excellence award 3 times, Bellevue Leader – Man of the year in 1989, Donald Lentz Outstanding Bandmaster Award in 1986, NMEA hall of fame in 1994, The College of Emporia Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. He taught at Chase Community HS in Cottowood Falls and Sedgwich high Schools in Kansas. In Nebrasksa he taught nine years at Schuyler and 23 years in Bellevue. He retired from Bellevue East in 2000 and then worked at Lincoln Southeast part time for 14 years.

Brad Weber - Mr. Weber taught for 36 years, and retired in May of 2013 from Wayne High School.  His individual honors include: Brad was the NSBA secretary for the 25th anniversary and the president for the 50th anniversary. He was the Member ship chair in 1999, President in 2009.  Brad served on the NMEA board in 1992 as Chair or band affairs, 2006 he was on the all state music audition committee.  In 1999 he was selected as the Educator of the year by the Wayne area of commerce in 2000 he received the Norfolk lavistef  Celebration’s community excellence outstanding citizen award for wayne.  In 2009 he received the Donald Lentz Outstanding bandmaster award.



Richard L Keiser -.  Mr. Keiser taught in the following districts- Papillion LaVista, Elkhorn Public Schools, and the last 25 years at Boys Town for a total of 41 years, where he retired in May of 2014. His individual honors include: received the Donald A. Lentz award in 2000, Served 11 years on the NSBA Board, and 2 years on the NMEA board. Mr. Keiser taught in the following districts- Papillion LaVista, Elkhorn Public Schools, and the last 25 years at Boys Town for a total of 41 years, where he retired in May of 2014. His LaVista Junior High Band was selected to perform at the NSBA Convention in 1983 and two times at the NMEA convention. 

Terry R. Rush - Mr. Rush taught in the following districts- Pius X High School, Lincoln High School and the last 5 years at Lincoln Southwest high School for a total of 34 years, where he retired in May of 2014. His individual honors include: received the Donald A. Lentz award, Lincoln Symphony Golden Baton Award, The Nebraska National Guard Medal of Freedom, and the Band World John Philip Sousa Foundation Merit Award.

Greg Olsen - .   Mr. Olsen taught in the following districts- Lewiston Consolidated Schools, Raymond Central Schools, Concordia University, Lincoln Northeast, Irving Middle School, Milford Public Schools, and the past 14 years at Nebraska City for a total of 32 years, and is retiring in May of 2015.

Rex Barker - r. Barker taught in the following districts- Grand Island Northwest and the last 26 years in the Millard Public Schools for a total of 33 years, where he will retire in May.

Byron Braasch - Mr. Braasch taught in the following districts- Shelby Public Schools, Norfolk High School, Bellevue West high School, and is currently at Lewis and Clark Middle school for a total of 33 years, where he will retire in May.



Dr. Brian Anderson - Dr. Anderson taught in the following districts- 5-12 band in Milford - from 1983-86, 5-12 band at Albion from 1986-88, and High School Band and Orchestra at Fremont from 1988-2016. His individual honors include: Jack R. Snider Outstanding Young Director Award, ASBDA Stanbury Award, Kiwanis International Outstanding Music Educator Award, Legion of Honor from the John Phillip Sousa Foundation, Sudler Legion of Merit, Distinguished Service Awards from NSBA and NMEA, Hastings College Distinguished Alumnus, Contributing Editor for The Instrumentalist magazine, and the Donald A. Lentz Outstanding Bandmaster Award.