Pride of the Minutemen Band

Meet the Staff

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                    Chad Scharff

                         Chad Scharff is currently in his twenty-second year in music education and his                          twenty-first year as Director of Bands at Lexington High School in Lexington Nebraska.  Prior                          to accepting the position at Lexington High School, he served as Director of Bands at Cozad                          High in Cozad Nebraska.  He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education at                          the University of  Nebraska at Kearney.

Mr. Scharff’s bands have received numerous awards in both marching and concerts bands.  In 1998 he was chosen as a Lexington Chamber of Commerce Champion for Children and was also a Wal-mart Teacher Of The Year in 2005.   In 2002 the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association awarded him the Jack R. Snider Outstanding Young Band Director Award.  His professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, Nebraska Music Educators' Association, and the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association, and Phi Beta Mu International Band Fraternity. 

Mr. Scharff is an active judge and clinician in Nebraska and is the former director of the Plum Creek Marching Band Festival and Minuteman Music Festival.  Mr. Scharff and his wife Jeanna have two children, Isaac and Hannah, and they reside in Lexington Nebraska.

                    Spencer Hansen

                         Spencer Hansen is in his 12th year of teaching at Lexington High School.  Along with his                          High School duties, Spencer also teaches instrumental music at Lexington Middle School.  He                          conducts the Marching Band, Concert Band, Pep Band and Jazz Band.  Spencer is a graduate                          from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education as well as a degree in Music Business.  During his collegiate career, Spencer was named Outstanding Senior for the Fine Arts and Humanity’s Department and was also awarded the opportunity to be the featured trumpet soloist with the University of Nebraska at Kearney Wind Ensemble as a winner of the Concerto/Aria contest.

As a professional musician, Spencer was a member of the band Tenth Hour Calling which toured throughout the Midwest full time for over two years as well as enjoyed several radio cuts on Midwest radio stations.  Currently he is a member of several jazz ensembles as well as a popular rock band The Innocence.

Spencer is a member of the Nebraska School Bandmasters Association, Music Educators National Conference and the Nebraska Music Educators Association.  Spencer recently had the opportunity to be the guest clinician for the southeast conference honor band.  A native of Kearney Nebraska, Spencer now resides in Lexington Nebraska.

                   Melissa Welch

                         Melissa Welch is in her nineteenth year of work with flag corps in the midwest and her                          tenth year as choreographer of the Lexington Flag Corps. Before accepting her position as                          flag corps director, she was the Lexington Liberty Belles dance team coach and a teacher at                          the elementary and middle school level for schools in Fremont, Cairo, and most recently, Lexington.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Hastings College and completed two years of course work in Music Education.

Mrs. Welch began her career in flag corps instruction while in college. She was the captain and choreographer of the flag corps in the Bronco Marching Band for two years. She also worked with, and under the direction of the outstanding director, Dale Duensing, at Hastings High School for three years. While there, she choreographed field shows, street marching, and state fair routines. She was a member of the Nebraska State Band Masters Association as well as Nebraska Music Educators' Association.

After college, Mrs. Welch ran camps in both the states of Kansas and Nebraska. She created and taught entire shows as well as ran try-outs for local and guest directors to chose their teams. Mrs. Welch was asked to teach for two summers at the Cavalcade drum major and flag corps camp at Hastings College under the direction of Boise University.