While you may or may not know it, our high school has a jazz band! A group of 18 students participate. Jazz Band isn’t just playing for fun, however, as they compete in numerous jazz competitions. The most recent of these competitions was on February 26, 2022, at the Holland Center for Performing Arts located in Omaha.  At this competition Nebraska City High School earned a superior rating, the highest rating that can be awarded. Great job NCHS Jazz Band!

Besides competitions, the jazz band plays at different events such as the annual Bandfest, concerts, and out-of-town banquets, showing off their growth throughout the year.

Lastly, I would like to recognize everyone who is a part of the Nebraska City High School Jazz Band as well as the songs that they are playing currently. 

Song Selection:

Abracadabra by Larry Barton

If I Could Fly by Mike Smukal

Chile Today, Hot Tamale by Rick Hirsch

Jazz Band Members:


Alto Saxophones - Isabelle Bare, Megan Essary, Caleb Poggemeyer, and Elizabeth Poggemeyer

Tenor Saxophones - Elizabeth Luther and Zack Ottemann

Baritone Saxophone - Jaden Leasure


Paige Gowing, Dallas Mueller-Pry, and Matheo Rodriguez


Cole Barton, Jaci Recker, and Timmy Stanek

Rhythm Section:

Percussion - Sebastian Balquier, Marcus Bartman, and Ethan Graves

Bass Guitar - Gabe Collins

Piano - Kiera Rakowski