Instrumental Music Program

R. J. Metteer
Director of Bands
Mr. R. J. Metteer has been the Director of Bands at Southeast High School since 1995.

He received a Masters of Music Education in August of 1999 from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and a Bachelors of Arts in Education from Wayne State College in May of 1990. Prior to teaching at Lincoln Southeast High School he attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas as a graduate teaching assistant for the 1994 - 1995 school year. From the fall of 1990 until the spring of 1994 he taught instrumental music in the Lenox Community Schools.

Mr. Metteer is a certified adjudicator in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri as well and active clinician/conductor. He is a former board member of the Nebraska Bandmasters Association and remains an active member. He is a member of the Nebraska Music Educators Conference, and Lincoln Education Association.

Robert Krueger
Director of Jazz Ensembles I and II
Mr. Krueger currently teaches 5th grade band at Beattie and Maxey Elementary schools, and directs Jazz Ensembles I and II at Lincoln Southeast High School. A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (B.M.E in 1984 and M.M. in 1994), Mr. Krueger studied trumpet with Dennis Schneider, jazz with Rusty White and conducting with Jack Snider and Dr. Robert Fought. He also participated in conducting master classes with Dr. James Croft, Gary Green, and Tim Salzman. While an undergrad he performed as a member of the Walt Disney World All-American Band, where he worked with young musicians such as Darmon Meader (New York Voices), Frank Greene (Maynard Ferguson, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra), and others who have achieved renown in the music industry.
Mr. Krueger has been a music teacher in the Lincoln Public Schools since 1985. He was the instrumental music teacher at Southeast High School from 1985-1995, where his ensembles received many awards and were selected to perform at state music conventions four times. In 1988 he received the NSBA Jack Snider Award, and in 1989 he was named the nation’s outstanding young high school band director by the American School Band Directors Association.
Under his leadership the Southeast Jazz Ensemble I has received both regional and national acclaim, including being selected to perform in New York City as one of 20 national finalists in the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington Competition. In 2010 and 2011, the band was selected as the outstanding high school ensemble at the University of Kansas Jazz Festival and performed on the finale concert of the festival both years. The band has worked with a number of guest artists, including Slide Hampton, Carl Allen, Randy Brecker, Steve Turre, Jon Faddis, Willie Thomas, Bob Washut, Dan Gailey, and Stefon Harris. Alumni of the band include Chris Steinke (recipient of the 2000 IAJE Stan Getz/Clifford Brown Fellowship), James Valentine (multiple Grammy award winner with Maroon 5), and Ryland Steen (drummer for Reel Big Fish). A number of alumni are currently working as professional musicians in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and other cities around the country.
In addition to his teaching duties with the Lincoln Public Schools, from 2001-2004, Mr. Krueger was the interim Director of Jazz Activities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he directed the UN-L Jazz Ensemble I. He has served as the brass coach (1987-2001), assistant conductor (2001-2002), and from 2004-2007 was the Music Director of the Lincoln Youth Symphony. In 2005 Mr. Krueger took the Lincoln Youth Symphony on a concert tour of Austria, with performances in Vienna, Salzburg, Graz, and Innsbruck.
Mr. Krueger also serves as the Music Director of the Lincoln Municipal Band and performs on trumpet with the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, Steve Shininger’s ShinSings Orchestra, the Nebraska Trumpet Ensemble, and his own jazz combo. He has served as a clinician and adjudicator at competitions, festivals, and music camps in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Nebraska.

Gary Shuda
Assistant Director of Bands
Mr. Gary Shuda is in his third year as Assistant Band Director at LSE where he teaches band, percussion and beginning guitar. He also teaches 6th grade band at Lefler Middle School and PANgea, a steel drum ensemble made up of select students in grades 6-12 throughout Lincoln Public Schools.

Before coming to LSE, Mr. Shuda earned a Master of Music degree in percussion performance from The University of Oklahoma where he held a graduate assistantship. At the conclusion of his tenure at OU, he was awarded the Ronald J. Dyer award for his outstanding contribution to the OU Percussion Program. Prior to attending OU, Mr. Shuda received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where he served as the principal percussionist in the Wind Ensemble and was the section leader of the percussion section in the Cornhusker Marching Band. In his senior year, Mr. Shuda was honored to receive UNL's Most Outstanding Bandsman award.

Outside of work, Mr. Shuda enjoys spending time with family, running, grilling, and discussing his overly optimistic Husker Football predictions with others.

Sam Rickert
Assistant Director of Bands
Mr. Sam Rickert is in his first year of teaching at Lincoln Southeast High School where he directs Knight Sounds, Singing Knights and Countesses & Noblemen. Along with his choral duties, he is an assistant band director. Prior to joining the staff at Southeast, Mr. Rickert served as the assistant director of vocal music at Lincoln East High School, as well as general music teacher at Brownell Elementary in Lincoln.

Mr. Rickert is a 2015 graduate of Doane College in Crete, Nebraska with a bachelor's degree in Music Education. He is also an active performer and Choral Scholar at First Plymouth Church in Lincoln where he has sung at state, regional, and national conventions. When he isn't working, Rickert loves to travel, golf, sing barbershop music, and spend time with his family.

Megan Watson
Color Guard Instructor
Mrs. Megan Watson has been involved with color guard activity for approximately 17 years which includes experience with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. For the last 12 years Mrs. Watson has been involved with the Lincoln Southeast High School Marching Knights program.

Brendon Sibley
Basketball Band
Mr. Brendon Sibley has been an instrumental music educator since 1992, beginning his teaching career at Southeast High School.

Mr. Sibley received a Masters of Education in December of 1999 from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln with emphasis in Instructional Technology. He received a Bachelors of Arts in Music Education from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in May of 1992. In addition to teaching at Southeast, he also teaches at Calvert and Clinton Elementary Schools and Lux Middle School. Mr. Sibley is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Nebraska Music Educators Association and the Nebraska Educational Technology Association. He is married and has 3 children.

Zach Brown
Assistant Director of Athletic Bands
Mr. Brown is in his 8th year as a Assistant Band Director at Lincoln Southeast High School. Mr. Zachary Brown holds a Music Education degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he is originally from Sioux Falls, SD.

Mr. Brown is currently teaching at: Pyrtle, Holmes, Kahoa, and Mickle as well as Southeast High School. Mr. Brown's primary instrument is the horn and he is an active member of the Lincoln Civic Orchestra and the Husker Horn Choir.

David Young
Director Emeritus
Mr. Young is a retired assistant band director at Lincoln Southeast High School.

Mr. Young began his teaching career in Cottonwood Falls and Sedgwick, Kansas, before moving to Schuyler Central High School where he taught for nine years. In 1977 he moved to Bellevue East High School, where he taught for 21 years. After retiring from Bellevue East, Mr. Young continued to teach elementary band for two years in the Bellevue Public School. He moved to Lincoln in 2000, where he directed College View Academy High School Band for seven years (2002- 2009). He has been assistant band director at Lincoln Southeast High School for the past ten years. The 2013-14 school year wasmark Mr. Youngs 51st year as a band director.

Mr. Young is a Past President, Treasurer, Marching Chairman, Adjudication Chairman and current Webmaster for NSBA. He is a recipient of the NSBA Don Lentz "Outstanding Bandmaster Award", the NMEA "Hall of Fame Award", NBA Citation for Excellence and Jazz, charter member of Phi Beta Mu, Teacher of the Year at Bellevue East, Bellevue Leader Newspaper "Person of the Year" in 1988, three Bellevue Champions for Children Awards, and has been named as an Admiral in the Great Navy of Nebraska three times by three different governors. The award he is most proud of is his family. His daughter Kristi is a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Millard Schools. Kristi and her husband, Paul, have twin sons, Tyler and Zachery. Mr. Youngs son Michael was the sales manager for two different auto dealerships in Omaha. Michael had just completed his degree from Grace Bible College and had planned to go to seminary to become a Youth Pastor when died very unexpectedly Dec. 2, 2006. Mr. Youngs wife, Jeannette, is a Professor of Music, Director of Music Education, and Chair of the Music Department at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Dr. Young completed her sabbatical year (2005-06) in the Czech Republic. Her daughter, Angela Kroeger, has been a research librarian in the University of Nebraska-Omaha for 15 years.

Mr. Youngs Bellevue East Marching Chieftains won many top honors including the Sweepstakes Trophy in the Sioux Falls Festival of Bands, the Mid-Iowa Championships in Ankeny, the Music Bowl in Warrensburg, Missouri, the AA Fiesta Bowl Parade in Tempe, Arizona, and the Red River Exhibition in Winnipeg. In 1986, the Bellevue East Band was one of eight bands selected nation-wide to represent the youth of America at the Rededication of the Statue of Liberty in New York City. The Bellevue East Marching Band received a superior rating in every contest entered during Mr. Youngs 21-year tenure at that school. They had a seventeen consecutive year streak of being undefeated in marching competitions in Nebraska that award a championship. The Bellevue East Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble played at NSBA three times, and the Jazz Ensemble once. Mr. Young is also a music arranger and drill writer. He has judged in Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska. He enjoys wood working, fishing and teaching the Marching Band Techniques Class at Nebraska Wesleyan. He and his wife enjoy playing in the brass quintet at Westminister Presbyterian Chuch in Lincoln.