LSE Band Staff

R.J. Metteer

Director of Bands

Mr. 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.

Gary Shuda

Assistant Director of Bands

Mr. Shuda has been an Assistant Band Director at LSE since 2014. Along with the band ensembles he teaches percussion, music theory, music technology and beginning guitar. He is also the head director for PANgea, an All-City steel band within LPS.

Mr. Shuda attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree. He was also selected as the Most Outstanding Bandsman within the UNL Band Department in 2012. He then moved to Norman, OK and earned his Master's Degree from the University of Oklahoma in Music and Percussion Performance. At OU, Mr. Shuda served as a Graduate Assistant. His duties included: instructing and arranging for the Pride of Oklahoma marching percussion section, giving individual lessons to undergraduate percussion majors, directing the undergraduate percussion ensemble, as well as teaching the percussion methods class for music education majors. At the conclusion of his tenure, he was awarded the prestigious Ronald J. Dyer award for outstanding contributions to the OU Percussion Studio.

Mr. Shuda is a Vic Firth Educational Artist and is active as an arranger and clinician in the Midwest.

Zach Brown

Assistant Director of Athletic Bands

Mr. Brown is an 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.

Frank Stroup

Assistant Director of Athletic Bands

Mr. Stroup joined the music department at Southeast in 2020 where he currently teaches marching band, concert band, and guitar classes. He graduated from UNL with his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and Music Technology in 2014. Mr. Stroup then moved to the Washington DC area where he served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for University of Maryland's Athletic Bands while working to earn his Master's Degree in Music and Trumpet Performance. Mr. Stroup completed his Master's Degree in 2017, studying trumpet under Chris Gekker and Steve Hendrickson.

In 2018, Mr. Stroup moved back to Nebraska and served as the Director of Instrumental Music at Omaha Northwest High School for one year before joining the Nebraska Army National Guard as a trumpet/cornet player in the 43rd Army Band. In addition to his position at Southeast, Mr. Stroup teaches 5th grade band at Morley and Wysong Elementary Schools, is a guest lecturer at Doane University, and continues to perform with the 43rd Army Band. He is a member of the Nebraska Music Educator's Association, Nebraska State Band Master's Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity, and an honorary member of the Tau Beta Sigma Band Sorority.

Brendon Sibley

Basketball Band Director

Mr. 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.

Samantha Brown

Color Guard Instructor

Samantha Houston Brown has been involved in the marching arts since 2004. In high school, she competed in Bands of America and Winter Guard International with Odessa High School Band of Distinction, Odessa, Missouri. While attending the University of Kansas, she served as a 3 year guard captain with the Marching Jayhawks, 3 seasons with Synchronicity Winterguard, 3 seasons with Avidity Independent Winterguard and a summer performing with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, from Santa Clara, California.

Samantha has experience instructing and choreographing for high school and collegiate color guards in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Texas, Hawaii and Nebraska. This is her third year as the Color Guard Instructor for the University of Nebraska Cornhusker Marching Band and her fourth year serving in the same position at LSE. In addition to writing choreography and being a clinician, she is a visual staff member with The Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps. She has her Music Education Degree from the University of Kansas.

Vivian Smith

Assistant Color Guard Instructor

Vivian Smith has been the Assistant Color Guard Coach at LSE since 2017. She was a student at LSE between 2012 and 2016 and participated in color guard during that time.

Vivian graduated from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in May of 2021 with bachelor's degree in English and minors in Education, Psychology, and Digital Humanities. Vivian has also worked at the Lincoln City Libraries as a Library Aide since July of 2019.

Wyatt Smith

Assistant Percussion Instructor

Wyatt graduated from LSE in 2015 and has assisted in instructing the Marching Knights percussion section since then. Wyatt was a member of the front ensemble at LSE and also served as a section leader during his last two years. He was also a member of the Cornhusker Marching Band for a year.

Wyatt is an assistant manager at Runza and enjoys playing piano in his free time.

Olivia BolDt

Assistant Percussion Instructor

Olivia Boldt was born in Massachusetts but raised in Madison, SD, where she developed a love for all things music. During her attendance at Madison High School, Olivia was heavily involved in marching band, choir, jazz band, concert band, winter drumline, SuFuDu Drumline, and an indoor drumline group based out of Sioux Falls, SD, known as Groove Pursuit.

In 2017, Olivia graduated from MHS and began studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she studied music performance and later added a degree in psychology. At UNL, Olivia performed with the Cornhusker Marching Band, taught the Bellevue East percussion section, volunteered for psychology research labs, taught private lessons, and performed for four years with the UNL Percussion Studio. Outside of school and music, Olivia loves weight-lifting, reading, writing, and spending time with friends and family.

Seth Burk

Assistant Music and Marching Instructor

Seth Burk is a senior music education major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His primary instrument is the saxophone and has performed in several of the ensembles at the University. This includes the University's Saxophone Choir, the Westbrook Quartet, Symphonic Band, Jazz Orchestra, Big Band, and the Cornhusker Marching Band. Seth graduated from Southeast in 2018 and was a member of the Marching Knights for all four years.

Seth wishes to teach after college at the high school level and remain an active performer in the community. Outside of teaching, Seth tunes and repairs pianos along with playing a round of golf every chance he gets.