Instrumental Music at Elkhorn High school is one of the many ways that students learn to express themselves individually and in an ensemble setting. Our instrumental ensembles will not only enable students to perform selected literature on their specific instrument, but will also give a general understanding of music as a performer, listener, and intelligent consumer of the art.
The Elkhorn High School Band program is composed of several ensemble opportunities, including Marching, Concert, Jazz, Pep, and Show bands, in addition to several solo and small ensemble opportunities throughout the year. Our mission is to instill a love of music in our students and the vocabulary needed to express it.
Matthew Rom, Band Director
Matthew Rom grew up in 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 and church ensembles. He attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where he was percussion section leader in the Concert Band and principal timpanist for the Concordia Orchestra which toured extensively, including three performances at the Lincoln Center in New York City premiering Rene Clausen’s “Memorial” for the American Choral Directors Association national convention. While at Concordia, Matt studied percussion with Dr. David Eyler, and received his BA in Music Education. In 2005, Matt moved to Omaha and served for five years as the assistant Band and Choir director at Papillion La Vista South High School, leading students in Marching Band, Concert Band, and Concert Choir settings. He was also responsible for expanding the scope of the music department, including the addition of music theory and music consumer classes to the standard offerings. In May of 2009, Matt was awarded his Masters degree in conducting at UNO where he studied under Dr. James Saker and Dr. Matthew Harden and conducted the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Chamber Singers during several concerts. In 2018 he completed another masters degree in Music Education at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Matt is currently in his tenth year as director of Bands at Elkhorn High School. In addition to his work at Elkhorn, he is the chair of band affairs for the Nebraska Music Educators Association. Matt is married to Brittany Rom, who currently teaches high school and elementary orchestra for the Millard Public Schools.
Brian Nelsen, Assistant Director
Brian Nelsen grew up in the Omaha Metro Area as an active trumpet player in the community, performing in several churches, pit orchestras, jazz venues, and weddings. He is a graduate of Millard South High School and recently graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a B.M. in Music Education. At UNO, Brian was an active musician performing in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Chamber Orchestra, and Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra. He studied trumpet with Jason Johnson and conducting with Dr. Karen Fannin. He has performed and premiered original compositions on multiple international tours with the UNO Jazz Ensembles, where he traveled to China, Japan, Lithuania, and Latvia. He also composes and arranges music in his free time, and recently arranged “Czardas” for a half time performance by the UNO Maverick Machine Pep Band featuring Dr. Mary Perkinson on Violin. Brian is currently in his second year as Assistant Band Director for Elkhorn High School.
Jayson Ross, Guard Instructor
Jayson Ross is a graduate of Bryan High School and attended The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. There he participated in the Cornhusker Marching Band performing weekly at football games and also in the Rose Bowl Parade. Leaving UNL, he was one of the inaugural members of the Heartland Fire and Ice Winterguard which in its first season took top honors in what was then the Heartland Color Guard Association (now the Heartland Winter Arts Association). He later went on to lead Fire and Ice as it’s captain, then instructor and Artistic Director leading them through several championship seasons. Jayson was a member of the color guard for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps of Dubuque, IA in 2004. Since then he used the knowledge and skill he gained to lead several Fall and Winter programs in Iowa and Nebraska. Under Jayson’s instruction, his guards achieved such honors as Top Color Guard at the Columbus Marching Festival ’07, 3rd place Scholastic A Guard HCGA Finals ’08, Runner-up Scholastic Regional A Guard HWAA Finals ’10, and 3rd Place Regional A Guard HWAA Finals ’13 Jayson has also served on the board of the Heartland Winter Arts Association as Judging Co-ordinator and still takes an active role in the Winter and Fall guard communities.
Mark Ledbetter, Guard Instructor
As a student of Arvin High School, Mark performed and competed in the Pep and Pageantry Arts Association of Central California and went on to lead of team of his own. During his time in the military, Mark studied and trained as a member of Offutt Air Force Base’s Honor Guard and Drill Team. For the past two years, Mark has been a judge for the Heartland Winter Arts Association and was recently elected to their Board of Directors in the position of Treasurer.
Vince Nguyen, Drumline Instructor
Vincent Nguyen graduated from Papillion-La Vista South High School where he was a member and section leader for the concert and varsity marching band. Outside of rudimental percussion, Vincent was also a percussionist for the varsity jazz band and “Titanium” show choir band. Additionally, he participated in the pit orchestra for the productions of “West Side Story” and “Singin’ in the Rain.”
As a member of the snareline, Vincent competed in WGI for 4 years with Purecussion Music and Railmen Indoor.He has also performed with the Omaha Symphonic Winds and Papillion-La Vista Community Theatre in the productions of “42nd Street” and “Annie.”
In 2014, Vincent served as percussion instructor and arranger for Omaha Northwest High School. In 2015, he joined Elkhorn High School’s marching band staff as a battery instructor and arranger.
Vincent completed his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2018.