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TRAVIS PARDEE

Director of Bands

Travis Pardee is the Director of Bands and Chair of the Performing Arts Department at Foothill High School in Henderson, Nevada where he conducts the Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensembles, Marching Band and guides all aspects of the Foothill Band program. Originally from Ponca City, Oklahoma, Mr. Pardee has been teaching at Foothill High School since 2002. more


His concert and jazz ensembles regularly receive Superior Ratings at music festivals and the Foothill Marching Band is the largest performing ensemble in Nevada with nearly 350 members. The Foothill Marching Band is a 12-time Bands of America Regional Championship Finalist and has performed on the world famous Las Vegas Strip at Aria, Bally's, Paris, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Caesar's Palace, and the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Foothill Band has marched in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland (2008), the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C (2012)., the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City (2014), and the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California (2017). The Foothill Drum Line is a 6-time Finalist in the WGI Percussion World Championships and performed with Trace Adkins on the nationally televised American Country Awards. The Foothill Wind Symphony has commissioned and premiered works by composers including Grammy Award winning artist, Eric Whitacre and in 2014 premiered two new works for band by Anthony LaBounty in the world famous Carnegie Hall. This concert also featured internationally celebrated performing artist, Marie Osmond, performing with the Foothill Wind Symphony.

Mr. Pardee holds degrees from the Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas where he received the Bachelor's Degree in Music Education (BME) as well as the Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance (BM – Saxophone). In 2002, Mr. Pardee completed the Master's Degree in Instrumental Conducting (MM) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Mr. Pardee is the Past President of the Southern Nevada Band Association (SNBA), served as Clinics Coordinator for the Nevada Music Educators Association (NMEA), is Chair of the CCSD Honor Band Committee, and served as the Director of Operations for the Southern Nevada Indoor Percussion and Guard Association (SNIPGA). In 2015 Travis Pardee was the recipient of the Myra Greenspun Award for Teaching Excellence and was named Music Educator of the Year by the Nevada Music Educators Association. His professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Nevada Music Educators Association (NMEA), and the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE). Additionally, Mr. Pardee also teaches Music Appreciation and History of Rock 'n' Roll for the College of Southern Nevada and teaches Marching Band Techniques for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Mr. Pardee serves as an adjudicator for Music In The Parks and World Strides' Heritage Performance Programs, and is an active clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States.

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ADAM STEFF

Director of Percussion & Associate Director of Bands

Adam Steff is the Director of Percussion and Associate Director of Bands at Foothill High School in Henderson, Nevada where he directs the Percussion Ensembles, Marching Band Percussion Section, the Indoor Drum Line, and Concert Band. He has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Central Florida where he studied percussion with Jeff Moore and Jazz with Jeff Rupert. He also has a Master of Music degree with a Concentration in Conducting from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he studied conducting with Tom Leslie. He is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. more


Before moving to Nevada, Adam was the Director of Bands and Percussion Director at both Cypress Creek HS and University HS in Orlando, Florida. During his time he has lead his groups to accolades such as BOA Regional Champions, BOA Grand National Semi-Finalist, WGI Regional Champions, WGI World Championships Finalist, Multiple FMBC State Champions and High Percussion awards, FFCC Championships Gold and Silver medals. Adam's Percussion Ensembles have performed at the 2012 Florida Music Educators State Conference. They have also been featured as part of the 2012 and 2013 University of Central Florida "Collide Festival" High School Showcase, The 2013 University of South Florida "McCormick Marimba Festival", as well as World Premiering the percussion ensemble piece Lines: Withheld by Dr. Thad Anderson as a part of the 2012 University of Central Florida "Collide" Composer Concert. His ensembles have also performed as a featured ensemble for the Percussive Arts Society Florida Day of Percussion on multiple occasions.

Adam has been the Percussion Caption Head and Program Coordinator for Teal Sound Drum & Bugle Corps. In addition to his work in public schools, Adam has also been an instrumental clinician for Disney Performing Arts/Magic Music Days at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida from 2003 to 2013 where he has taught workshops for over 200 high school bands a year among many other clinics and workshops. Adam has performed as a professional musician at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida with many groups such as the Magic Kingdom Band, Tapestry of Nations, Cast in Bronze, Rondo Masquerade, and the JAMMitors both in the U.S. and in Tokyo Disneyland in Tokyo, Japan. He has also performed with the Central Florida Brass Band, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, Brevard Symphony Orchestra, and at Universal Studios Orlando.

Foothill High School - Henderson, Nevada

The Foothill High School Band Department consists of four concert/symphonic bands, two jazz ensembles, pep band, indoor drum line, color guards, and marching band. The concert and jazz ensembles consistently receive Superior Ratings at music festivals and the Falcon Marching Band is the largest band in Nevada with over 300 members. These ensembles have performed on the world famous Las Vegas Strip at Aria, Bally's, Cosmopolitan, Paris, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Caesar's Palace, and the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Falcon Marching Band is an 12-time Bands of America Regional Championship Finalist. In 2009, the Foothill Band marched in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland and in 2012 appeared in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C. The Foothill Band was one of only six high school bands selected to perform in the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. On January 2, 2017 the Marching Band was the first ever band from the Clark County School District to march in the Tournament of Roses Parade.


The Foothill Drum Line is a 6-time Finalist in the WGI Percussion World Championships and was recently featured on national television (FOX) in the American Country Awards, performing with Trace Adkins. The Foothill Color Guard has also grown and now has both Varsity and Junior Varsity performing groups. The Color Guard has won many indoor Winter Guard competitions and performs in the Southern Nevada Indoor Percussion Association competitions locally, the Winter Guard Association of Southern California, & regionally/nationally with Winter Guard International.


Members of the Foothill Wind Symphony and Symphonic Bands participate in the district Honor Bands, Nevada All State Ensembles, and are often Finalists and Winners in the State Solo & Ensemble contests. In 2010 the Foothill Wind Symphony commissioned and premiered "The Seal Lullaby" by Grammy Award winning composer, Eric Whitacre. On November 25, 2014 the Foothill Wind Symphony premiered "Psalm 92" by Anthony LaBounty in the world famous Carnegie Hall in New York. This concert also featured internationally recognized performing artist, Marie Osmond, soloing with the Foothill Wind Symphony. On February 25, 2015 the Foothill Pep Band appeared with the Rascal Flatts at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Additionally, the Foothill Performing Arts Department has been a two-time Grammy Signature Schools Semi-Finalist.


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Awards

2017

  • Participant in the Tournament of Roses Parade - Pasadena, CA
  • Scholastic A Finalist in the Winter Guard International Percussion World Championships - Dayton, Ohio
  • WGI Las Vegas Regional Scholastic A Champion - Las Vegas, NV
  • World Class Champions in the American Drum Line Association Nevada Championships

2016

  • Marching Band Open Series Nevada Champions
  • Bands of America Regional Championship Finalist - St. George, UT
  • World Class Champions in the American Drum Line Association Nevada Championships
  • Scholastic A Finalist in the Winter Guard International Percussion World Championships - Dayton, Ohio

2015

  • Marching Band Open Series Nevada Champions
  • Bands of America Regional Championship Finalist - St. George, UT
  • Bands of America Regional Championship Finalist - Long Beach, CA
  • World Class Champions in the American Drum Line Association Nevada Championships
  • Scholastic A Finalist in the Winter Guard International Percussion World Championships - Dayton, Ohio

2014

  • Participant in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - New York, NY
  • Bands of America Regional Championship Finalist - St. George, UT
  • Bands of America Regional Championship Finalist - Long Beach, CA
  • Open Class Semi-Finalist in the Winter Guard International Percussion World Championships - Dayton, Ohio
  • World Class Champions in the American Drum Line Association Nevada Championships

2013

  • Bands of America Regional Championship Finalist - St. George, UT
  • Bands of America Regional Championship Finalist - Long Beach, CA
  • Scholastic A Finalist in the Winter Guard International Percussion World Championships - Dayton, Ohio

2012

  • Bands of America Regional Championship Finalist - St. George, UT
  • Bands of America Regional Championship Finalist - Long Beach, CA
  • Scholastic A Finalist in the Winter Guard International Percussion World Championships - Dayton, Ohio
  • Participant in the National Memorial Day Parade - Washington D.C.

2011

  • Bands of America Regional Championship Finalist - St. George, UT
  • Scholastic A Finalist in the Winter Guard International Percussion World Championships - Dayton, Ohio

2010

  • Marching Band - Finalist at the Bands of America Regional in Hemet, CA
  • Marching Band - Finalist at the Bands of America Regional in St. George, UT
  • Indoor Drum Line - Finalist at WGI Regional in Riverside, CA
  • Indoor Drum Line - 1st Place WGI Regional in Temecula, CA
  • Indoor Drum Line - Finalist in Scholastic A at WGI World Percussion Championships in Dayton, Ohio


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