DIRECTORS

Please take this opportunity to meet our dedicated staff of directors.

Brady Rohlfs

Brady started as Director of Bands at Waverly High School in 2008.   He directs the Marching Band, Varsity Band, Freshman Band, Pep Bands, and assists with 6th Grade and 5th Grade Band.  Mr. Rohlfs grew up on a farm outside Unadilla, NE and graduated from Syracuse High School.  He attended Midland Lutheran College in Fremont for his Bachelors Degree. After attending the University of Nebraska – Lincoln he earned his Master’s Degree in Music Education in 2003.  In 2010 he finished the Administrative Certification Program through the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.  Previous teaching assignments have been in Sterling, NE, Ashland, NE,  Syracuse, NE, and Lincoln Northeast High School.   In 2004 Mr. Rohlfs was awarded the Jack R. Snider Young Band Director Award.  In 2009 he was awarded the Freda Drath Battey Distinguished Educator Award given out annually to one secondary educator in the state of Nebraska.  Also in 2009 he was inducted into Phi Beta Mu, National honor band directory fraternity.  Mr. Rohlfs has been nominated to Who’s Who in American Professionals every year since 1998.   He is a member of the Nebraska State Bandmaster’s Association where he serves as Awards Chair on the Executive Board, as well as member the Nebraska Music Educators Association and Music Educators National Conference. In addition to working with his instrumental students he enjoys conducting clinics and adjudicating throughout Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa, as well as coaching track at the high school.  Mr. Rohlfs is also a piano tuner and technician and volunteers as an EMT.  He and his wife Lori have three  children; Alexis, Ethan, and London.  His hobbies include playing volleyball and automotive and tractor restoration.

   Jim Kucera

Jim is in his 29th year of teaching, and is currently in his 18th year at Waverly.  Mr. Kucera’s teaching responsibilities include: 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade bands.  He also is director of Jazz bands at both the middle school and high school.  Mr. Kucera is a graduate of Wilber-Clatonia High School.  He received his Music Education Degree from UNL in 1990, and received a degree from UNL in Educational Administration, Grades PreK-12 in 1997.  Prior to teaching in Waverly, Mr. Kucera taught at Nemaha Valley Schools in Cook, Nebraska for eleven years.  In 1992, Mr. Kucera received the Jack R. Snider Outstanding Young Band Director award from the Nebraska State Bandmasters.  He received the Crystal Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007 from the Horace Mann group.  Mr. Kucera is a member of the Nebraska State Bandmasters, Nebraska and National Music Educator’s Conference, Jazz Education Network, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.  In 1980, Mr. Kucera began performing professionally in dance bands which he continues today.  He serves as a clinician for honor bands annually in Jazz and Concert Band settings throughout the state.  Bands under the direction of Mr. Kucera have performed for the Nebraska State Bandmasters Convention and Concert Band Festivals, Nebraska Music Educators Convention, Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association State Convention, and the Midwest Regional Middle Level Conference.  Jim and his wife Deb have two children, Zach and Britni.

Emily Berry

Emily Berry is a saxophone and clarinet player who graduated from Waverly School District 145. She received her Bachelor of Music, K-12 Certification from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2016. During her time at UNO, she was able to perform with world-class musicians and travel to Europe and Asia with different performing groups. She completed her student teaching experience with Blair Community Schools during the spring of 2016, and is currently a member of the National Association for Music Education. Emily is a dedicated advocate for music education, and believes that students become more creative, imaginative, confident, and emotionally developed through studying music.