The Nate Metschke Creative Teacher Award was created in 2019 in honor of Nate Metschke, who passed away from cancer at the age of 40. Metschke was known for his creativity, joyful spirit, and positivity. A candidate for the Nate Metschke Award demonstrates originality, imagination, and overall excellence in his or her teaching. Candidates must possess at least 8 years of teaching experience, be a band director in Nebraska, and be a member of NSBA. Nominations for this award may come from school administrators, fellow teachers, students, community organizations, or other individuals who possess a knowledge of the nominee’s career.
2020 Recipient - Nate Metschke (posthumously)
Due to the pandemic changing the convention to online-only, the Nate Metschke Creative Teacher Award was not given out in 2021. It will be awarded again in 2022.
The Donald A. Lentz Outstanding Bandmaster Award is intended to recognize an individual who has made an outstanding contribution throughout his or her career, not to honor an individual for only a given year's work. The recipient of the Lentz Award will be viewed as one of the many superior band directors in Nebraska, and over the years a number exceptional teachers will be so honored. A candidate for the Outstanding Bandmaster Award must be a band director in Nebraska and an NSBA member. Nominations for this award may come from school administrators, fellow teachers, students, community organizations or other individuals who possess a knowledge of the nominee's career.
2019 Recipient - Jeff Mount (Blair High School)
Due to the pandemic changing the convention to online-only, the Donald A. Lentz Outstanding Bandmaster Award was not given out in 2021. It will be awarded again in 2022.
This Jack R. Snider Young Band Director Award was established by the NSBA executive board in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Association. Young directors from all geographic areas of Nebraska will be considered, with the possibility that several directors will receive the award. Nominees must be current members of NSBA, presently teaching in Nebraska, and in their third through seventh year of teaching. Nominations are requested from college directors, student teaching supervisors, school administrators, fellow directors, students or their parents.
2021 Recipients - Andrew Peters (Ralston Middle School), Amanda Kenney (Seward High School), Josh Pace (Omaha Northwest High School)
The Duane Johnson Distinguished Service Award was established by the NSBA executive board in 2009. Nominees must be current members of NSBA, presently teaching in Nebraska. There is no application process - winners are selected from recommendations made to the NSBA Board.
2021 Recipients - Roger Groth, University of Nebraska at Omaha School of Music, Embassy Suites Lincoln Sales Team
The Outstanding Administrator Award honors an administrator for his/her support, interest, and encouragement of the school instrumental music program.
2021 Recipient - Dr. Lance Nielsen, Supervisor of Music (Lincoln Public Schools)
Two $300 scholarships are available for NSBA band directors with a minimum of three years teaching experience. Applicants must be enrolled in an instrumental music education graduate course. This course does not need to be taken at a Nebraska institution. Scholarships can be awarded to the same person more than once.
2021 Recipients - Tommy Krueger (Westside Community Schools), Alex Steinke (Central City Public Schools)
Undergraduate Scholarship in the amount of $500 is presented to a college student who has completed a minimum of five semesters in a Nebraska College or university music education program, with a wind or percussion instrument as the primary area of study.
2021 Recipient - Dakota Valle (University of Nebraska at Omaha)
NSBA presents the Bob Palensky Scholarship in the name and memory of Bob Palensky, a band director who epitomized the NSBA motto “Better Bands for Nebraska.” This scholarship is given to honor the memory of directors who have passed away, and for their contributions to the schools and band students of Nebraska.
2021 Recipients - Sarah Beach (Ponca High School), Ashlyn Ibero (Scottsbluff High School)
2021 Retirees - Ann Davis (Omaha Public Schools), Byron Braasch (Millard West High School)
This award is given to the total high school band program whose members have an average GPA of 3.5 or higher. This applies to high school band programs that consist of students in grades 9-12 or grades 10-12. A plaque will be presented to qualifying band programs during the Awards Banquet at the NSBA Spring Convention.
2021 Recipients - Adams Central High School (Dr. Debra Rhodes), Archbishop Bergan High School (Jeremy Murman, Director), Ashland-Greenwood Senior High School (Jonathan Jaworski), Auburn High School (Matthew Stubbs), Aurora High School (Dan Sodomka), Bennington High School (Chaz Fonda), Boone Cental High School (Whitney Paulson), Centennial High School (Joshua R.F. Harris), Central City High School (Alex Steinke), Concordia Jr.-Sr. High School (Peter Klemp), Crofton Community Schools (Ashley Leader), Deshler High School (Deb Pohlman), Exeter-Milligan High School (Angie Murphy), Gothenburg High School (Tonya Welch), Lakeview High School (Dr. Wade Howles), Lincoln Christian School (Emiley Bond), Lincoln East High School (Tom Thorpe, Nicole Shively, and Danny Layher), Malcolm High School (Ryan Marsh), Millard North High School (Ryan Placek and Craig Mathis), Norfolk Catholic High School (Samantha Hahn), Overton High School (Chase Christensen), Papillion-LaVista South High School (Joe Homan), Pius X Catholic High School (Jared J. Wilhelm), Seward High School (Amanda Kenney), Southern Valley High School (Zach Nathan), Stanton High School (Carrie Jensen), Superior High School (Allison White), Tri County High School (Nathan Morrissey), Wahoo High School (Jason Smith), Wisner-Pilger High School (Clint Dennis), York High School (Curtis Forsch), Yutan Public Schools (Christopher Weddel)