Bennington Bands Staff
Chaz Fonda - Director of Bands
Chaz Fonda is in his fifth year teaching at Bennington Public Schools and ninth year overall. Mr. Fonda graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a Bachelor's Degree in K-12 Instrumental Music and obtained a Master's Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Iowa. He is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Music Education at University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Prior to teaching in Bennington, Mr. Fonda taught at Harlan Community High School in Harlan, Iowa for four years. During this time, students consistently received Superior ratings at marching contests, concert band contests, and solo/ensemble contests. Many of Mr. Fonda's students have been accepted into All-State Band/Orchestra and various honor bands. He also assisted the middle schools bands and was the co-director of the beginning band program.
Professionally, Mr. Fonda is a member of the Nebraska Music Educators Association, the Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity, received the Jack R. Snider Award in 2019 from the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association, and was honored to conduct the Bennington 8th Grade Concert Band at the NSBA State Conference in 2020.
In his spare time, Mr. Fonda enjoys hiking, biking, backpacking, and spending time with his husband, Jeff and their dog, Hunter!
Angela Nabower - 6th-8th Grade Band Director
Angie Nabower has been teaching band for Bennington Public Schools since 2015. Mrs. Nabower is a native of Lincoln, NE and was a graduate of Lincoln High School. After high school, she earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she was a member of the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and the Cornhusker Marching Band. Mrs. Nabower began her teaching career at Plattsmouth Middle School in Plattsmouth, NE where she taught 6th - 8th grade band for eight years. In 2014, Mrs. Nabower earned her Master’s in Instructional Technology degree from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Mrs. Nabower is a member of NSBA, NMEA, NSEA and was the 2013
recipient of the Jack Snider Young Band Director award. She lives in Bennington with her husband Anthony and her two sons.
At Bennington Middle School, Mrs. Nabower co-directs the 6th-8th Grade Bands as well as teaches 6th and 7th Grade World Music Drumming.