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Travis Pardee

Division of Music Education, Adjunct Faculty
Department(s): Music
Email: travis.pardee@unlv.edu

Biography

Travis Pardee is an adjunct faculty member of the Division of Music Education at UNLV. He instructs undergraduate and graduate sections of Teaching of Secondary Music Instrumental, Marching Band Techniques, and assists in practicum placements. In addition to his teaching assignments at UNLV, 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.

Pardee’s concert and jazz ensembles regularly receive superior ratings at music festivals, and the Foothill Marching Band is the largest performing ensemble in Nevada with over 300 members. The Foothill Marching Band is a 13-time Bands of America regional championship finalist, and has been featured 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 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 that featured Marie Osmond in Carnegie Hall.

Pardee holds degrees from the Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education (BME) as well as the Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance (BM – Saxophone). In 2002, he completed a Master’s Degree in Instrumental Conducting (MM) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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) and Nevada Music Educators Association (NMEA). Mr. Pardee has served as an adjudicator and clinician for Music In The Parks and World Strides’ Heritage Performance Programs throughout the United States.