Meet the Staff
John has been the Director of Bands at Millard West High School since the fall of 2002. His responsibilities include directing the Varsity Marching Band, the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble I and co-directing the Junior Varsity Marching Band and Concert Band. In addition to his directing responsibilities, John teaches Music Connections (History of American Popular Music), Music Theory, A.P. Music Theory, and is the Music Department Chair. John also served as President for the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association (NSBA).
Prior to moving to Omaha, John taught at Pekin Community High School in Pekin, Illinois for eleven years. While teaching in Illinois, John was active at both the District and State levels of the Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA), serving as the District IV Jazz Chairman and the All-State Jazz Band Chair, judging percussion auditions for the student All-State Ensembles, presenting at the IMEA Convention (as a member of the Rhythm City Percussion Ensemble), and Guest Conducting the District II Junior High Jazz Band.
John received his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1990) and his Master of Arts degree in Music Education from Western Illinois University (2000). John’s professional memberships include NSBA, NMEA, NAfME, and PAS.
A native of Decatur, Illinois, John currently resides in Omaha with his wife Tracy and their children Tyler and Kelsey.
Trenor was born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD. He graduated with Magna Cum Laude distinction from the Augustana University School of Music with a Bachelor's Degree in K-12 Instrumental Music Education. While at university, he studied trombone and euphonium with the incomparable Vance Shoemaker and Jason Roseth, both members of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, and Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra. Also in his time at Augustana, he arranged pieces of music for various ensembles, including the Offutt Brass Quintet from the Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.
Ensembles that Trenor has performed in include wind ensemble, symphony orchestra, Northlanders jazz ensemble, trombone choir, trombone quartets, euphonium quartets, brass choirs, and brass quintets. Alongside the lengthy list of performing, he has also performed two seasons with the world class Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2019, he served as a section leader, and was a featured trombone soloist with the drum and bugle corps.
Trenor holds membership in NAfME, and presented at the 2021 South Dakota Band Master’s Association Conference.
Prior to moving to Omaha, he previously taught one year in Parkston, SD as the 5-12 Band Director, where he revived the marching band and jazz band program that had long been a part of the community.
Currently, Trenor resides in West Omaha, serving as the Assistant Director of Bands at Millard West High School.