Tom Thorpe Director of Bands

Director of Bands — Mr. Tom Thorpe 

Prior to coming to Lincoln East, Mr. Thorpe spent the past seven years as the Director of Instrumental Music at Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia, Missouri. While in Sedalia he taught the Marching, Symphonic, and Jazz Bands, in addition or Orchestra, Music Theory, and assisting with the middle school program.

At East, Mr. Thorpe will teach Guitar I, Music Theory, Freshman Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and the Blue Note Jazz Band, as well as assist with Marching Band and Wind Ensemble. Mr. Thorpe holds a Master’s Degree from UNL and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Arkansas. Mr. Thorpe’s wife, Amy, teaches Band and Choir at Lincoln Northeast High School. They have two boys, Tommy 12 and Myles 9.


Paul Kenney

Assistant Director — Mr. Paul Kenney

Mr. Kenney received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May 2012. His teaching areas include Guitar 1 & 2, Music Technology, and Music Theory; Assistant Director for the Marching Band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra; and Primary Director for the Symphonic Band. He also directs the following extracurricular ensembles: Prep Jazz Band, Brass Choir, the pit orchestra for the musical, and EBand. Mr. Kenney is also the sponsor for the East chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and the technology chair for the music department. He is currently taking graduate coursework to fulfill a degree in Education Administration.




Assistant Director of Bands – Ms. Nicole Shively

Ms. Shively received her Bachelor’s in Music Education from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in May 2018 with an emphasis in horn. While at UNL, she was an active member of the Cornhusker Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra, along with many other performing and service groups across campus.

At East, Ms. Shively teaches Wind Symphony, Guitar 1, and Music Technology. In addition to assisting with the marching and concert bands, she also directs the Brass Choir and Prep Jazz Band. Ms. Shively is the sponsor for the East Chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.




Del Whitman

Music Department Chair — Mr. Del Whitman

Mr. Whitman is in his twenty-something year with Lincoln Public Schools, teaching orchestras at Lincoln East High School and Lux Middle School and assisting bands at East. As department chair, he also orders pencils, post-its, and piccolos.

Mr. Whitman received B.M. degrees in cello performance and music education from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1986, and his M.M. degree in instrumental conducting from the UNL in 1991. He is also an active member of the First Evangelical Free Church in Lincoln, and enjoys being home with his wife, Julie and their three kids, Mallory, Isaac, and Jayne. He loves pineapple, basketball, can moonwalk, and once almost poked his eye out with the baton.