Bennington Bands Staff
Chaz Fonda - Director of Bands
Chaz Fonda is in his fourth year teaching at Bennington Public Schools and eighth 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.
During his undergraduate studies, Mr. Fonda worked with Blair High School, Bellevue East High School, Elkhorn South High School, Elkhorn Ridge Middle School, Norris Middle School, and Fort Calhoun High School. He regularly studied and observed the L.V. Berkner High School band program in Richardson, Texas. Mr. Fonda also attends national conferences in Chicago and Indiana regularly.
Mr. Fonda is originally from Blair, Nebraska, where he was involved with band under the direction of Mr. Jeff Mount. At UNO, Mr. Fonda was directed by Prof. Janet McCaskill, Dr. Courtney Snyder, & Dr. James Saker.
Professionally, Mr. Fonda is a member of the Nebraska Music Educators Association, the Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity and received the Jack R. Snider Award in 2019 from the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association.
In his spare time, Mr. Fonda enjoys running and biking. Attending band functions around the region has been a passion of his. Mr. Fonda is also a die-hard Nebraska Husker fan and regularly attends games.
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.
Allie Palmer - Color Guard Instructor
I am a teacher! I was born, raised, and educated in the west Omaha (Nebraska) suburb of Millard and from the moment I became a big sister I became a teacher.
I completed my undergraduate education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where I earned a B.S. in Secondary Education with an endorsement in the Social Sciences. My contents of emphasis included Sociology, Native American Studies, as well as History. I completed my student teaching practicum at Gretna High School and worked for the Gretna Public School District as a long-term substitute and substitute following graduation. In the year following my teaching experiences with Gretna Public Schools I worked as a Speech and Life Skills Assistant at Quality Living, Inc. in Omaha, Nebraska. At Quality Living, Inc. I worked with young adults who had sustained traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries relearn the skills needed to get back to life and work. These past couple of years I have taught and coached in the rural school district of Kingsville, Missouri. The diversity in the ability levels, socioeconomic backgrounds, and personalities of my students has expanded my professional and personal knowledge more than I had ever anticipated.
These distinct and diverse teaching opportunities have made me the teacher I am today and will be tomorrow, but there is more to me than my career. Socially I enjoy spending my free time with my fiancé and my family. Independently I enjoy spending my free time weight and endurance training, trail hiking, reading and traveling.