Omaha Burke High School began with the opening of John H. Beveridge Junior High School in 1963. The school was known as Burke/Beveridge at that time. In 1967, Burke High School officially opened its doors at its present location at 120th & Burke Boulevard in West Omaha. This opening also marked the beginning of the Burke High School Band and Instrumental Music Program.
The Burke Instrumental Music Program has been led by the following directors:
Thomas Harvey (1967 – 1972)
Dr. Stephen Lawrence (1972 – 1982)
Dave Bacon (1982 – 1984)
Murl Mickey (1984 – 2008)
Assisted by Norm Edwards
Norm Edwards (2008 – 2014)
Assisted by Nicholas Spath (2008 – 2014)
Charles A. Wright (2014 – 2017)
Assisted by Nicholas Spath (2014 – 2016)
Assisted by Marcus Brown (2016 – 2017)
Kyle Brubaker (2017 – Present)
Assisted by Marcus Brown (2017 – Present)
From 1967 through 1984 the Burke High Band performed at numerous school and community functions. Omaha Public School (OPS) policies at the time prohibited the band from competitions and travel. In 1984, OPS changed the competition and travel policies which opened new opportunities for the band. Burke was the first OPS band to receive a “Superior” rating at the State Marching Competition.
The Burke Instrumental Music Program has developed into serving Burke High students through many performance opportunities and enriching experiences in percussion, orchestra, wind band, and color guard. The program continues to consistently receive “Superior” ratings at contests and festivals, win numerous awards during the marching band season, and present inspiring and moving performances for audiences in many venues locally, regionally, and nationally. Ensembles have traveled to perform at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.; Disney World in Orlando, Florida; and Winter Park, Colorado. The Burke Instrumental Music Program continues to grow and thrive because of the dedicated, hard-working, talented, and fun student-musicians that continue to fill our rehearsal hall year after year.
Thank you to the students, parents and proud supporters, and the Burke High School and Omaha Public School administrators for all that you do in keeping the history of excellence in the Burke Instrumental Music Program alive !
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