Nebraska State Bandmasters Association

est. 1962

Michael Schlake

Marching Band Chair

Michael Schlake began teaching in 2002, and has been teaching at Ogallala Public Schools since 2008. There he oversees all aspects of the instrumental music program, and is on the adjunct faculty at Mid Plains Community College. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and Performance from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and a Master of Music in Education from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Michael has received several awards including the Ogallala Foundation's Teacher of the Year, the Jack R. Snider Outstanding Young Band Director, and the Ogallala Symphonic Band performed at the 2016 Nebraska State Bandmasters Association March Convention. He is an active clinician and adjudicator in Nebraska, including the University of Nebraska at Kearney's “Sounds in the Summer” Clinic, and has presented several sessions at the Nebraska Music Educators Association November Conference. Michael lives in Ogallala with his wife Chrissa, and their daughters Ella, Lucy, and Hanna.

NSBA Board


Dan Sodomka

Aurora High School


Dr. Carolyn Barber

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Past President

Brady Rohlfs

Waverly High School


Emiley Bond

Lincoln Christian School


Ryan Marsh

Malcolm Public Schools

Awards Chair

Nate Metschke

Neligh-Oakdale Schools

Concert Band Chair

Duane Bierman

University of Nebraska-Kearney

Marching Chair

Michael Schlake

Ogallala Public Schools

Membership Chair

Brandi Kawula

Lewis & Clark Middle School, Bellevue

Middle Level Chair

Stacy Bean

Horizon Middle School, Kearney

Public Relations Chair

Doug Bogatz

Fremont High School

Jazz Chair

Roger Groth



Sponsor Coordinator

Joanie Mathis

Omaha Symphony