Chiyo Trauernicht, a native of Chiba, Japan, is the Seventh and Eighth Grade Band Director at Otte-Blair Middle School in Blair, Nebraska, since 2007. She has received the NSBA Jack R. Snider Young Band Director Award in 2012 and the NMEA Bryan R. Johnson Distinguished Service Award in 2017. She has served as middle level chairs for Nebraska Bandmasters Association and Nebraska Music Education Association. Trauernicht was selected as 20th annual “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” issue of School Band and Orchestra Magazine in 2017. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Arts degree in History from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. She has completed the music teaching certification program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Trauernicht earned a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University. She is actively involved in music, playing the flute and piccolo in numerous organizations in Omaha area. She resides in Bennington, Nebraska with her husband Brian and their singing dogs Leo and Charlie.