Mr. Kyle Brubaker
Director of Instrumental Music
Kyle Brubaker was born and raised in Central Illinois. Coming from a musical family, he attended Illinois State University where he got his degree in Music Education with a concentration in Instrumental Music. While at ISU, Mr. Brubaker studied saxophone privately with Mr. James Boitos while getting the opportunity to perform in the ISU Jazz Ensembles with great guest artists like Denis DeBlasio, Benny Golson, Bobby Shew, and Byron Stripling.
Since graduating from ISU, Mr. Brubaker has taught for two years in the Peoria Public School District and worked with their auditioned extracurricular jazz band, “The Peoria Jazz Allstars.” He has also played professionally with many local groups like the Heartland Jazz Orchestra, Illinois Central Jazz Train, First United Methodist Jazz Night House Band, as well as subbed in for various groups like Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra and John Cooper’s Jazz Orchestra.
Mr. Brubaker served the past 7 years as director of bands at Olympia Middle/High School where he taught 6th Grade Beginning Band, 7th Grade Intermediate Band, 8th Grade Advanced Band, OHS Marching Spartans, OHS Concert Band, OHS Pep Band, OHS Madrigal Ensembles, and OHS Musical Pit Orchestra.
Mr. Brubaker and his wife, Claire, are excited to move to Omaha to join the Burke High Family.
Mr. Marcus Brown
Associate Director of Bands
Marcus Brown is in his 2nd year as the Associate Director of Bands at Burke High School. He is a native of Missouri and is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he earned his Bachelor of Music Education and studied percussion. While at UNL, he was a member of the Cornhusker Marching Band and served as a drum major.
Mr. Brown is an active supporter of the Winter Arts. He has served as a percussion and visual instructor/clinician and designer with several successful scholastic and independent indoor percussion ensembles and high school band programs. He currently serves as an adjudicator and board member for the Heartland Winter Arts Association. Mr. Brown enjoys sharing his passion for music and performing with students. He is excited for what the future holds for the student-musicians at Burke High School.