Assistant Director of Bands and Percussion Specialist at Kiski Area High School
Chad Heiny is the Assistant Director of Bands and Percussion Specialist at both Kiski Area High School and Kiski Area Intermediate School in Vandergrift, PA. He has been Assistant Director and Percussion Arranger for the acclaimed Kiski Area High School Marching Band since 2006 and is Director of Kiski’s Cavalier Percussion Group, an auditioned ensemble who’s outreach in the greater Pittsburgh area includes relationships with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra percussion section and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania percussion studio.
Chad earned a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from Louisiana State University and Bachelor’s Degree in both Music Education and Music Performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His teacher’s include Dr. Brett Dietz, Dr. Gary Olmstead, Mr. Frank Wickes and Dr. Jack Stamp.
Since 2003, Chad has been the Front Ensemble Arranger or coordinator for several DCI Finalist Drum and Bugle Corps. These ensembles include the Spirit of Atlanta (2010-2013), the Boston Crusaders (2009-2010) and the Glassmen (2003-2007). He has been the Battery Arranger and Instructor for the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) Marching Band since 2013 and is currently the Creative Consultant of the Pittsburgh Steeline. Chad’s works for percussion ensemble are published by Tapspace Publications.
In 2016, Chad was added to Winter Guard International’s Percussion Judge roster and spends his fall, winter and early spring months adjudicating for not only WGI, but circuits and associations nationwide.
Chad is a proud endorser of Majestic Percussion, Innovative Percussion, Meinl Percussion, and Remo Drumheads. He resides just outside of Pittsburgh in West Leechburg, PA with his wife Nichole, son Christopher and their dog Cailey.