Staff

Charles A. Wright - Director of Bands

Charles Wright is in his second year as the Director of Bands Music at Bellevue East High School. He has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Music Performance, a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and his Administration Certification. A member of Omaha Band Masters Association, The National Band Association and the Jazz Education Network, he also serves as the director of the marching band, jazz ensemble, wind ensemble and concert band at Bellevue East. 

Charles is a published arranger and continues to be active as an adjudicator and clinician and has conducted several honors bands through out Ohio and Tennessee. He has also been named to the Marquis Who’s Who book and was selected as educator of week from WREG News. With music being a universal language, Charles hopes to share his love for music with each and every student he teaches.  

Assistant Band Director - Melissa Watzke

Wade Kellett Brass & Movement Technician

Wade Kellett joined the Bellevue East staff in 2014.  He was born and raised in Papillion, NE.  His beginnings in music come from being surrounded by his father’s music programs at Papillion – La Vista and Papillion – La Vista South High School.  He is currently obtaining his Music Education degree from Midland University in Fremont, NE.

Wade works full-time for the university as a Performing Arts Recruiter and Admission Counselor.  As he travels across the state recruiting he has had the pleasure of working with bands such as Papillion – La Vista South, Kearney High School, Columbus High School, Norfolk High School, Papillion – La Vista High School, and Grand Island High School.

Wade marched for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011 and has been the leader in bringing back the Railmen Drum and Bugle Corps organization.  This non-profit organization promotes outlets in the Omaha Metro area for students to further their passions in music.  As Executive Director he oversees operations as well as finding equipment, funds and rehearsal spaces for the groups to rehearse and perform in.

Samantha Brown - Colorguard Director

Samantha Houston joined the Bellevue Public School district in the fall of 2016, serving as a music teacher at Avery Elementary School and the Bellevue East High School Colorguard Coordinator.

After receiving a degree in Music Education from the University of Kansas, Ms. Houston began her teaching career in the DeSoto (KS) School District in 2013.  In addition to teaching elementary music, she has been a colorguard clinician, technician, director, and choreographer since 2009.  She has worked with such ensembles including Lincoln (NE) Southeast High School, Blue Valley North (KS) High School, DeSoto (KS) High School, Newman-Smith (TX) High School, Obsidian Winterguard from University of Central Missouri, and the Blue Springs (MO) High School Golden Regiment.  

Ms. Houston has a wealth of performing experience, including membership in the Odessa (MO) High School Band of Distinction & Winterguard, Synchronicity Independent Winterguard (Kansas City, MO), Avidity Independent Winterguard (St. Louis, MO), The University of Kansas Marching Jayhawks, and The Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps.

Additional Colorguard Technician Staff

 Emily Radziunas, Andrea Nelson and Jaslyn Schweiss

Percussion Technician Staff

John Benson, Tom Santry, Zach Simms, Ryan Kimball, George Warner, Connor Pumilla, Olivia Boldt,

Brass Technician Staff

Josh Buennemeyer, Brian Orellana, Shawn Bell, Chandler Smith

Woodwind Technician Staff

Andrianna Amaro, Lucas Minor, Kennedy Wieland, Cassie Wilson, Melissa Watzke Angelica Gonzalez, Jasmine Smith, Gabby Alzarez.