TRAVIS L. PARDEE
Director of Bands
Mr. Travis Pardee is the Director of Bands at Foothill High School where he conducts the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, teaches Music Appreciation and guides all aspects of the FHS band program. Prior to his appointment at Foothill High School, Mr. Pardee attended 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). more
While at WSU Mr. Pardee studied conducting with Dr. Victor Markovich, Jay Decker, and Michael Palmer. As a saxophonist, Pardee appeared with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and studied with Jean Lansing and Tom Fowler. Mr. Pardee studied voice with Linda Starkey, Vernon Yenne, and Ronald Boudreaux in addition to serving as the Assistant Choral Director of St. Paul's United Methodist Church of Wichita, KS.
In 2002, Mr. Pardee completed the Master's Degree in Instrumental Conducting (MM) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While at UNLV Mr. Pardee served as a graduate assistant with the Music Department where he had conducting opportunities with the world renowned UNLV Wind Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Community Concert Band, Brass Ensemble, Clarinet Choir, and Percussion Ensembles. Mr. Pardee studied conducting with Professor Thomas G. Leslie and Takayoshi Tad Suzuki. As a saxophonist, Mr. Pardee was the Principal Saxophone with the UNLV Wind Orchestra and also performed in the Jazz Ensemble I.
Mr. Pardee is the Past -President of the Southern Nevada Band Association (SNBA), serves as Clinics Chairman for the Nevada Music Educators Association (NMEA), is Chair of the CCSD Honor Band Committee, is the Executive Director of the Southern Nevada Winter Guard Association (SNWGA), and is a member of Music Educators National Conference (MENC), Mu Phi Epsilon, and Phi Delta Theta.
Associate Director of Bands
Nick Waters holds a B.M. Music Education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and currently is the Associate Director of Bands at Foothill H.S. in Henderson, NV. In 2010 and 2011 the Foothill H.S. Indoor Drumline was the WGI Western Champions and a Finalist at the W.G.I. World Championships in Dayton, OH. more
Mr. Waters is the Coordinator of the Southern Nevada Indoor Percussion Association and a Clark County School District Honor Band Co- Chair. Previously, Mr. Waters was the Drumline Instructor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas from 2002-2005, and has worked with All-State award winning percussion ensembles in the Las Vegas area. A native from Chicago, IL, Mr. Waters has worked with W.G.I. former Champion Lincoln-Way H.S., The Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, and B.O.A. Grand National Champion Marian Catholic H.S. where he was a student teacher under Mr. Greg Bimm. Mr. Waters continues to be an active arranger/ composer and clinician for many colleges and high schools across the nation and an Adjudicator for the American Drumline Association in southern California as well as other organizations in the Southwest. In addition to his work for the nationally televised Holiday Bowl, Dian Diaz Tribute to America, The Sports Channel, and the Las Vegas Bowl, Mr. Waters coordinates performing groups for various corporate events on the Las Vegas Strip with the recently formed "Vegas Percussion Entertainment Group!" Nick Waters has been working closely with Tom Float and TAMA drums developing their new line of marching percussion. He is also endorsed by, Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets, Evans Drumheads, and Sabian Cymbals.
Foothill High School - Henderson, Nevada
The Foothill High School Band program has built an extensive history in its 11 short years of existence. Since the opening of the school in 1999, the FHS Band program has become one of the most reputable in all of the Southwest.
The Foothill Band Department consists of two concert/symphonic bands, two jazz ensembles, pep band, indoor drum line, color guard, and an award winning marching band. The concert and jazz ensembles consistently receive Superior Ratings at music festivals and the Falcon Marching Band is the largest competitive marching band in Nevada. These ensembles have performed on the world famous Las Vegas Strip at Bally's, Paris, Mandalay Bay, Caesar's Palace, and the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Foothill Marching Band is the first ever Nevada band to place in the Finals at multiple Bands of America Regional Championships in the same year. In 2009, the Foothill Band marched in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland. Additionally, the Foothill Drum Line is the first group from Nevada to reach the Finals in the Winter Guard International World Percussion Championships in Dayton, Ohio. The Foothill Band is one of only four ensembles in the United States chosen to receive and test new marching percussion equipment from the Tama Drum Company.
Tama visits Foothill
Foothill at WGI 2012
Foothill High School at WGI 2013