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.
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), serves 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) and Nevada Music Educators Association (NMEA). Additionally, Mr. Pardee is an adjunct faculty member of the College of Southern Nevada and for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Mr. Pardee has served as an adjudicator and clinician for Music In The Parks and World Strides’ Heritage Performance Programs as well as universities, and school districts, throughout the United States.
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.
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.
Adam is proud to endorse Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets and SABIAN Cymbals.
Adam Steff, Associate Director of Bands/Percussion Instructor
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Dean Snavely, Director of Orchestras, Jazz, and Associate Director of Bands
DEAN SNAVELY is the Director of Jazz Studies and Associate Director of Bands at Foothill High School. He is a proud member of AFM local 369 – Las Vegas, as a tubist and trombonist. Dean is a performer and conductor whose roots run deep in the Pacific NW. A product of the Oregon public school system, who through years of practice and private study, continued to grow as a musician learning tuba, trombone, bass trombone, euphonium, trumpet and guitar. This passion for making music took him to the Biola Conservatory of Music in La Mirada, CA to study tuba with Roger Bobo and Loren Marsteller. After two years in LA, he returned to the NW to continue schooling as well as performing.
Dean continued his education at Central Washington University, completing a degree in tuba performance and a music education certification. The next 13 years were spent building a thriving music program at Snoqualmie Middle School. His bands and choirs performed throughout the region as well as around the country and internationally. During this time, Dean also performed regularly around the NW on tuba and trombone in many ensembles including: Soundwave (The Seattle Sounders), Seattle Rock Orchestra, Exhoxo, The Jazz Police, Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra, Bellevue Symphony and Brass Band NW. After 13 years of teaching, Dean returned to CWU as a graduate teaching assistant in the Band, Marching, Jazz, and Music Education departments. While at CWU, he had the great fortune to perform at the Jazz Educators Network conferences in both Louisville and Atlanta, and conduct at the CBDNA western regional conference in Reno, NV. Now a resident of Henderson, NV, Dean is completing his DMA in Wind Conducting under the tutelage of Thomas G. Leslie. He is a sought after clinician/adjudicator and has had the pleasure of conducting several regional honor bands in Washington, Idaho and Nevada. He has studied conducting under: Thomas Leslie, Larry Gookin, Dr. Daniel Baldwin, Dr. Nikolas Caoile, Dr. Wayne Bennett, Allan MacMurray and Marlin Owen. He has studied brass under: Roger Bobo, Loren Marsteller, Steven Eklund, Dr. Jeffrey Snedeker, Dr. Curtis Peacock, Dr. John Neurohr, Dr. Russel Schultz, Tom Gause, Stephen Fissel, Craig Gosnell, Jeff Uusitalo, Dick Shearer, and Charles Bolton. He has had the pleasure of playing and singing with many great musicians, including: Seth McFarlane, Dave Loeb, Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers, Ingrid Jensen, Wycliffe Gordon, Mike Longo, Sara Gazarek, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Doc Severinsen, Dave Barduhn, Douglas Yeo, Toby Oft, Dan Helseth, Deanna Swoboda, and Menachem Pressler.
Dean Snavely, Associate Director of Bands
Lindsay Whelan, Associate Director of Bands
Originally from Laramie Wyoming, Lindsay Whelan is a percussionist and music educator who has called Las Vegas home for the past five years. In that time, Lindsay has taught music at both primary and secondary levels, as well as performed and maintained additional side projects of her own.
She has appeared in performance both regionally and nationally, including; performing as a finalist in the Torrance Young artist concerto competition in Torrance, CA., Sin City Opera Company, Las Vegas, NV., the La Croix-Valmer Music Festival in La Croix-Valmer France, and the XI Festival de Marimba y Percusiones de Tabasco, in Tabasco, Mexico.
Lindsay has recorded on the Klavier label under the baton of Thomas Leslie with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Wind Orchestra. Most recently, she performed and served as an artist in residence at the University of Panama in Panama City, Panama. Lindsay was also an integral part in the making of the documentary The Wood That Sings, which details the making of a marimba with Australian master marimba builder James Bailey.
Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Music Education from SUNY college at Buffalo; a Master of Music in percussion performance from the University of Southern California; and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Lindsay is also an artist with Innovative Percussion.
PHILLIP HAINES, from Las Vegas, currently serves as band director at Foothill High School and Mannion Middle School, the two largest programs in the state of Nevada. Prior to this position, Mr. Haines was the band director at Sierra Vista High School and Las Vegas High School where his bands garnered acclaim for achievements in all areas.
Mr. Haines adjudicates for Drum Corps International, the Marching Band Open Series, the American Drumline Association, the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, as well as numerous other state organizations throughout the United States.
Mr. Haines is a past recipient of the Nevada Music Educator of the Year award and has been an invited clinician for the Nevada State Music Educators Conference on six occasions. He has served as an associate professor in the music education program at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and as conductor of the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra’s Philharmonic Orchestra (the top of the organization’s four ensembles).
Phillip Haines, Associate Director of Bands
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Ken Giese, Visual Program Coordinator and Drill Designer
KEN GIESE is a nationally recognized visual caption designer and adjudicator. He is an active visual caption judge for Music For All/Bands of America (BOA), Drum Corps International (DCI), Winter Guard International (WGI – Percussion Division), the Winter Guard Association of Southern California (WGASC), and many other local circuits and organizations throughout the United States and abroad. He has served as a visual designer and instructor for numerous high school bands, winter guards, drum and bugle corps, and marching percussion units throughout the United States and Europe. Mr. Giese currently resides in Henderson, Nevada, where he teaches math, band, and color guard at Foothill High School.
Ken Giese, Visual Program Coordinator and Drill Designer
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Lisa Austin, Director of Operations
LISA AUSTIN has been a part of the Foothill band family since 2000 and has had five of her six children participate in the program. She greatly enjoys her time with the students of Foothill and eagerly looks forward to the upcoming seasons. As Director of Operations, Lisa’s primary responsibilities lie in organizing trips, uniforms, and handling finances and logistics. Lisa was raised in Oregon and went to BYU for a degree in microbiology. She was fortunate enough to be able to play with the BYU Marching Band as a baritone player. Her experiences within the music program have allowed her to raise her six children with an affinity for music. She has been married for over 35 years to Jeff, who has been the band’s biggest supporter and cheerleader. She enjoys running, mountain biking, and spending time with her children and grandchildren (4 and counting).
Lisa Austin, Director of Operations
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McKenna Thueson Color Guard Instructor
McKenna Thueson is a Foothill Alumni having marched all four years from 2013 – 2017. She also performed with World Class ensembles in DCI and WGI the past five years. McKenna participated in WGI with Imbue in World Class competition spinning both rifle and sabre, including performing in WGI Japan in 2019. She also marched with the world class Bluecoats Drum & Bugle corps spinning weapon, earning a Silver Medal in 2018 and a Drum Corps International World Championship in 2016. McKenna has also worked with renowned designers and instructors including Shavon Garcia, Jim Moore, Jon Vanderkoff and Lindsay Kusmierczak.
Andrea Ortiz, Color Guard Instructor
Andrea Ortiz is a colorguard instructor for the Foothill High School Marching band. She started her colorguard career while attending Foothill High School. Andrea was a part of the colorguard from 2010-2013, while serving as a captain in 2013.
After graduating in 2013, she performed with the UNLV Winterguard from 2016-2017. She then moved from Las Vegas, NV to Woodland Park, CO in May of 2017 to perform with Malachi Independent World.
Ryan Foytik, Visual and Marching Instructor
RYAN FOYTIK is a visual and marching instructor for the Foothill High School Band, having joined as a staff member in 2015. He works with students to refine marching fundamental skills, visual coordination, and performance. A born-and-raised Las Vegan, Ryan has been educating students in Clark County since 2005 and has worked with numerous programs throughout the valley.
Ryan’s knowledge in the marching arts seeds from his experience as a member of the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from Denver, Colorado (Trumpet ‘06 – ‘08). He also credits his time with the UNLV Marching Band, where he served as drum major, for his aptitude in the activity. In addition to the marching band, he also performed with the UNLV Symphonic Winds and Runnin’ Rebel Basketball Pep Band. A graduate of UNLV, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies.
Ryan Foytik, Visual Staff
CI World Championship and aged out with the Blue Devils.
Whitney Reveyrand, Visual and Marching Instructor
WHITNEY REVEYRAND specializes in flute/piccolo and assists in teaching marching techniques for the Foothill High School Marching Band. She has taught on staff for Foothill during the annual summer band camp since 2011. Whitney earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Orchestral Performance with a minor in Business from the University of Puget Sound in May of 2015. While attending school in Tacoma, Whitney studied under Karla Flygare and performed as the Principal Flutist in the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Concert Band under the direction of Gerard Morris and Huw Edwards. Additionally, she participated in a variety of chamber ensembles and flute ensembles. She worked as the Music Admissions Office Assistant, coached and performed with the flute section for the Puget Sound Youth Wind Ensemble (PSYWE), and served as the winds and percussion coordinator for the Orchestral Recital Series by the Tacoma Chapter of the Washington Music Educator’s Association (WMEA). In 2012, through the Philanthropic work of the international women’s music fraternity, Sigma Alpha Iota (Beta Delta chapter), Whitney assisted in a program called Kids4Music which provides free music lessons/classes for elementary-aged students at a low-income school.
Whitney graduated from Foothill High School in 2011, and served as a section leader and drum major in 2009 and 2010. Since that time, Whitney has continued to participate in the Las Vegas music community by mentoring young flutists at the Desert Suzuki Institute, performing at local retirement homes with the Silver Winds flute ensemble, conducting/teaching young musicians at the Southern Nevada Homeschool Performing Arts kick-off camp, performing with the Las Vegas Flute Club, and subbing in a performance with the Nevada Pops Orchestra. Whitney currently works for trombonist, Nathan Tanouye, as his assistant for NNT Music where she manages his website, and processes music orders.
Whitney Reveyrand, Visual Staff
Anthony Soleau, Front Ensemble Instructor
ANTHONY SOLEAU is a music instructor and performer who specializes in mallet percussion both on the marching field and in the concert hall. His teaching career started in 2002 and has taught at a total of six different high school programs including three in Michigan and three in Las Vegas. 2003 brought about the formation of Motor City Percussion (an indoor ensemble )where he was a co-director up through the 2007 season. During his tenure in Michigan, Anthony was also responsible for arranging multiple front ensemble books for both fall and winter ensembles.
Anthony has a bachelor’s degree in business entrepreneurship, which he obtained at Eastern Michigan University in 2003 with Honors. Anthony has performed with multiple ensembles including G-Force and Eastside Fury percussion ensemble, competing nationally in the WGI circuit from 2002 – 2004 and earning a bronze medal in open class in 2002 and a gold medal in 2004 with Eastside Fury.
Anthony Soleau, Percussion Staff
Robert St. Luce, Brass Instructor
ROBERT ST. LUCE was born and raised in New Jersey where he began playing trumpet at the age of 9. He moved to Las Vegas when he was 13 and made the switch over to French horn and mellophone. Robert was a part of the first four year class at Desert Oasis High School, where he was in the marching band and indoor drumline. He was a part of the 2011 and 2012 CCSD Honor Band.
After high school Robert went on to attend the University of Nevada Las Vegas. There he has been a part of The Star of Nevada Marching Band and their Symphonic Winds Ensemble. Robert has gone on to march The Academy Drum & Bugle Corps for 3 years on mellophone (13′, 14′, 15′) serving as section leader during his last year.
Robert St. Luce, Brass Staff