OUR DIRECTORS

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ZACH BJORNSEN WIG & UTG Director

Zachary P. Bjornsen is in his 11th year of teaching, spending the past 9 years at Millard West High School. Mr. B, Co-Director of Choral Activities, holds multiple degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Bachelor’s in Music Education and Master’s in Music.

During his time as a music educator, Mr. B has directed 6th, 7th & 8th grade choirs, middle school show choirs, beginning mixed high school choirs, men’s choral ensembles, women’s choral ensembles, varsity mixed high school choirs, jazz choirs, high school musicals and high school show choirs. Zack has also had the privilege to be the guest clinician at various choral festivals in Nebraska and Iowa.

Mr. B is also an accomplished performer and has been very fortunate to perform locally and all over the United States and Europe with various ensembles, including: Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, St. Marks Basilica in Venice, The Palms in Las Vegas, along with Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, & the Nokia Theatre in New York City, among others.

Most of all Mr. Bjornsen enjoys his number one job: being a devoted family man: spending time with his wife, Abby, and daughters, Willow Jo and Hattie Pearl.

Jordan Newhouse

JORDAN NEWHOUSE SCATS, Groovehouse Band & Fine Musicians Band Director

Jordan Newhouse is a pianist and singer who serves as Swing Cats Director and Band Director for both Groovehouse and Fine Musicians. Along with his piano work with the music department each day, he is on staff at SNJ Studio of Music as a private voice and piano instructor.

A graduate of Wheaton College (IL), Jordan received a Bachelor’s of Music in Piano Performance and a Master's in Christian Formation and Ministry.

Prior to moving back home to Omaha, he resided in the Chicago-land area working as a church musician and freelance collaborative pianist/singer.

Reeve Johnson

REEVE JOHNSON Snazz Cats Band Director

Reeve Johnson, Director of the Swing Cats show band, the Snazz Cats, is currently an undergraduate Jazz Performance/English major at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He graduated from Millard West in 2017, playing piano and keyboard for the show choir bands all four years. In addition, he was an active member of the choirs and the marching/concert bands.

Reeve is an active performer around Omaha and Lincoln, often playing in various cover bands as well as jazz bands. He currently is the piano player for the UNO Jazz 1 Big Band and is a music director at his church.