Awards

Nate Metschke Creative Teacher Award

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.

Metschke Application


Stanley JohnsonDonald A. Lentz Outstanding Bandmaster Award

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 - Stanley Johnson (Retired, Shickley Public Schools)

Previous Lentz Award Winners

Lentz Application


Young Band Director Award RecipientsJack Snider Young Band Director Award

This Jack 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.

2019 Recipients - Chaz Fonda (Bennington High School), Wade Howles (Lakeview Public Schools), Tommy Krueger (Westside High School), Darren Lojo (Beatrice Middle School), Jeremy Murman (Archbishop Bergan High School), Alex Steinke (Central City Public Schools), Matt Stubbs (Auburn High School)

Previous Snider Award Winners

Snider Application


Distinguished Service Award RecipientsDuane Johnson Distinguished Service Award

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.

2019 Recipients - Tom Jaworski (Retired, Adams Central Public Schools), Larry MacTaggart (Nebraska Wind Symphony), Joanie Mathis (Omaha Symphony)

Award Information

Previous Recipients


Chad Boyer

Outstanding Administrator Award

The Outstanding Administrator Award honors an administrator for his/her support, interest, and encouragement of the school instrumental music program.

2019 Recipient - Chad Boyer (Superintendent, Wisner-Pilger Schools)

Outstanding Administrator Application

Previous Administrator Award Recipients


Band Director Scholarship RecipientsBand Director Scholarship

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.

2019 Recipients - Hiltke Peitz (Liberty Middle School, Papillion), Anna Sake (Palmer Public Schools)

Band Director Scholarship Application

Previous Scholarship Recipients


Cal SwitzerUndergraduate Scholarship

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.

2019 Recipient - Cal Switzer (University of Nebraska at Kearney)

Collegiate Scholarship Application

Previous Scholarship Recipients


Alisha Vavra“Bob Palensky” Scholarship

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.

2019 Recipient - Alisha Vavra (Centennial High School)

Palensky Scholarship Application

Past Award Recipients


Retiring Band DirectorsRetiring Band Directors

2019 Retirees - Mark Benson (Mission Middle School, Bellevue), Matt Sheppard (Westside Middle School), Steve Steager (Fremont Middle School)

Retiring Band Director Recognition

Retired Director Biographies




Academic Achievement AwardAcademic Achievement Award

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.

2019 Recipients - Archbishop Bergan High School (Jeremy Murman, Director), Ashland-Greenwood Senior High School (Jonathan Jaworski), Aurora High School (Dan Sodomka), Boone Central High School (Whitney Paulson), Broken Bow High School (Harley Mohlman), Centennial High School (Joshua R.F. Harris), Crofton High School (Ashley Leader), Elm Creek High School (John Kosch), Fillmore Central High School (Ben Kaye-Skinner), Gothenburg High School (Tom Belanger), Lakeview High School (Dr. Wade Howles), Lincoln Christian School (Emiley Bond), Lincoln East High School (Tom Thorpe), Malcolm High School (Ryan Marsh), Millard North High School (Ryan Placek and Craig Mathis), Norfolk Catholic High School (Samantha Hahn), Norris High School (Brian Walvoord), Oakland-Craig High School (Bryan Bohn), Overton High School (Chase Christensen), Pius X Catholic High School (Jared J. Wilhelm), Seward High School (Amanda Kenney), Stanton High School (Carrie Jensen), Superior High School (Allison White), Tri County High School (Nathan Morrissey), Wisner-Pilger High School (Clint Dennis)

Academic Achievement Award Application

Academic Achievement Award