Conductors

Keith Heim, Music Director keith_h
Keith joined the band as a member of the trumpet section in 1999. He spent two years as associate conductor prior to his appointment as the NCCB Director of music. He is in his 12th year of teaching and has been the Assistant Director of Bands at Gallatin High School and Rucker-Stewart Middle School in Gallatin, TN since 2008. He holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Education, both from Western Illinois University. While at WIU Keith was involved in nearly all choral and instrumental ensembles offered, and was featured both as a soloist and a student arranger with the WIU Marching Leathernecks. In 1996 he was a DCI World Finalist as a member of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps. Keith is currently active as a freelance musician around Middle Tennessee and is a member of the Moonlighters Big Band.

Jerry Lackey, Associate Conductor
Jerry Lackey received a Bachelor and Master of Music Education from Indiana University and began teaching instrumental music in South Bend in 1965. He began directing the Jazz Ensemble in 1974 and Wind Ensemble in 1984 at Indiana University South Bend. Lackey played tuba 42 years with the South Bend Symphony until retiring in 2007. He has written many compositions and arrangements which have been performed and recorded by major orchestras and bands including 4 CD’s by Houston Symphony, Utah Symphony and Rochester Philharmonic. His Jazz Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra has been performed by the St. Louis Symphony and Tokyokosei Wind Orchestra in addition to other orchestras and bands. Now living in Nashville, Tennessee, Jerry continues to compose and arrange for bands, orchestras and other ensembles.

Harold T. Hellegaard, Conductor Emeritus
"Ted" Hellegaard has a long distinguished career in music. Before moving to Tennessee in 1972, he performed as principal trumpet with the State Symphony of New Jersey, the Jersey City Symphony and many other groups. He received his Bachelor of Science in Music Performance from Tennessee State University and did graduate work at Middle Tennessee State University while a member of the faculty brass quintet. Mr. Hellegaard was named Director of Music / Principal Conductor of the NCCB in 1978 and was the founder of the Graylyn Brass Quintet. He was appointed Conductor Emeritus in August 2010.

Thomas H. Steger, Conductor Emeritus tom_s
Thomas H. Steger received a Bachelor of Music Degree from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Penn. and a Master of Music Education degree from George Peabody College for Teachers of Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Steger attended the Army Element of the Naval School of Music, Little Creek, Norfolk, Virginia, and served in the First Army Band at Fort George G. Meade and the 8th Infantry Division Band in Bad Krevznach, Germany. Mr. Steger is retired from being the Director of Bands at Fairview High School. He spent 25 years as a music educator in the Nashville area. He was named Associate Conductor of the NCCB in 1981 and was appointed Principal Conductor in August 2010. The title of Conductor Emeritus was bestowed upon him after his retirement at the end of the 2011 concert season.