Matthew Rom is excited to be in his third year as director of Bands at Elkhorn North High School, opening the building after ten years at Elkhorn High School. During his time in Elkhorn, the band program has maintained a reputation of strength and excellence while expanding in scope and ambition, and in 2022 the Elkhorn North Symphonic Wind Ensemble was selected to perform at the NSBA convention. Before teaching in Elkhorn, Matt was the assistant band and choir director at Papillion La Vista South, gaining experience co-teaching with veteran educators Bill Kellett and Cheri Helmer-Riensche.
In addition to his work at Elkhorn, he recently completed a term as the chair of band affairs for the Nebraska Music Educators Association during which he oversaw significant updating to the All-State audition materials and worked to create a remote All-State experience during the Covid pandemic.
Matt grew up outside of the small town of Aitkin, Minnesota where he was an active member and section leader in school band and choir as well as various community ensembles. He attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, studying percussion with Dr. David Eyler, and receiving his BA in Music Education with a minor in religious studies. In May of 2009, Matt was awarded his master’s degree in conducting at UNO, and in 2018 he completed a master’s degree in Music Education at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Matt is a member of Phi Beta Mu and a recipient of the Bryan R. Johnson Distinguished Service award from NMEA.
Matt is married to Dr. Brittany Rom, who currently teaches high school and elementary orchestra for the Millard Public Schools. They have a daughter Jadzia, who is in second grade.When not at work, Matt enjoys cooking, taking long hikes in places with waterfalls and/or high cliffs (much to his wife’s chagrin), and introducing Jadzia to the wonderful world of Star Trek.