Liberty High School

Band and Color guard

3700 Liberty Heights Ave. Henderson, NV 89052

702-799-2270 (x4040)


Defined by The Easterner as having, "wonderful vibrato and range of motion," and "astounding technical skill," Dr. Malpass has performed across the United States. He was principal flute for the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra and sat principal for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Wind Symphony where he has performed on numerous recordings under the Klavier Music Productions record label. Recordings include Marquee Mojo, Lost Vegas, and Ventanas.  

Upon graduating with a masters degree from UNT's College of Music, Dr. Malpass was accepted as a doctoral student to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Winning a full-ride scholarship, Dr. Malpass became a part-time instructor and graduate assistant for the university having taught Music Appreciation, Flute Ensemble, and private lessons. While at UNLV, he wrote his dissertation titled, "A Historical Examination: The Role of Orchestral Repertoire in Flute Pedagogy." Currently he is finishing his second work, "From Etude to Excerpt: A Technical Guide for Orchestral Flute Repertoire."

Dr. Malpass has been a featured soloist for the EWU Wind Orchestra. He has performed with the Spokane Civic Theatre, Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre, Henderson Symphony, and Opera Las Vegas.  He is also currently a substitute flutist for the Las Vegas Philharmonic and Henderson Symphony. He has performed for countless shows including, Beauty and the Beast, Carousel, The King and I, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Into the Woods.  In addition, he has won numerous gold and silver medals from MusicFest Northwest.  

A strong advocate of music education, Dr. Malpass maintains an active role having taught at the Las Vegas Academy, Clark High School, and the New York Music Academy.  Dr. Malpass teaches a large studio in the Las Vegas area, having numerous students obtain seats in the Clark County Honor Bands and the Nevada All-State Band and Orchestra.  In addition, his students have received full-ride scholarships for university enrollment and have also been winners for the Las Vegas Flute Club Young Artist Competition and Silver State Schools Concerto Competitions. Many of his students have continued with music, having been accepted to Northern Arizona University, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University of Nevada, Reno, University of Arizona, Washington State University, and the University of North Texas.

Dr. Donald Malpass, Director of bands

David Day, Colorguard consultant

Staff Forms

Info coming soon

All staff must submit the following paperwork for payment as well as submit an invoice documenting the month, day, and time you have worked. 

Non Licensed CCSD employees:

CCSD Disclosure Form


Invoice Example

Licensed CCSD employees:

Licensed employees must contact their office manager to receive their hourly rate of pay and fill out the following time sheet. Please submit multiple sheets for each month worked. 

CCSD Time Sheet

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The Liberty High School Band would like to thank the following people for their educational or service contributions:

Mr. Adrian Stephens - Band Manager

Mrs. Sharon Chadwick - Liberty High School Theatre

Mr. Ryan Dudder - Liberty High School Orchestra

Mr. Lamont Russell - Liberty High School Choir

The Liberty High School administrative team

The Liberty High School Band Boosters, and

All of the alumni and parents that keep us going

Special Thanks


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 apart 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 apart 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') He has been working with Liberty since the fall of 2012 as a visual tech

Robert St. Luce, Music / Visual


Jorge joined the Liberty band staff Spring of 2017 directing the battery section in the Pulse of Liberty Winter Drumline. Jorge is a graduate of Las Vegas High School, and has performed with groups such as Elan Percussion, Vegas Vanguard Percussion, and the Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps. Jorge brings an organic, fresh perspective to the Liberty band program, and we're excited to have him!

Jorge Chavez, Percussion


Originally from Murrieta, California, Chris graduated from Vista Murrieta High School in 2007. After graduating, he attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst and studied as a music performance major with a focus on percussion instruments. While attending UMASS, Chris was a member of the UMASS Minuteman Marching Band under the direction of George Parks and Thomas Hannum, and also a member of the UMASS Marimba Band Ensemble.

In the fall of 2009, Chris returned to southern California and became a member of the Riverside Community College fall marching band ensemble, under the direction of Gary Locke. In the winter of 2010, he earned a spot performing with the world class RCC winter drum line directed by Gary Locke.

Chris has also marched Esperanza Drum and Bugle Corps in 2006 under the direction of Alan Cox, with John Mapes as percussion caption head and Jim Wunderlich as Front Ensemble arranger/instructor.

Chris moved to Las Vegas in the spring of 2012 where he currently works at a resort property on the Las Vegas strip.

Chris has also taught and/or arranged music for the following programs:
Vista Murrieta High School – Murrieta, CA – Instructor
Heritage High School – Menifee, CA – Arranger/Instructor/Percussion Caption Head
Permian High School – Odessa, TX – Instructor
Randolph Regional High School – Randolph, MA – Arranger/Instructor
Desert Oasis High School – Las Vegas, NV – Arranger/Instructor
Palo Verde High School – Summerlin, NV – Instructor
Vegas Vanguard Percussion Theater – Las Vegas, NV – Instructor
UMASS Marimba Band Ensembles – Amherst, MA – Arranger

Chris Tactay, Percussion


Bio Coming Soon


Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Andrew currently resides in Las Vegas, NV and is the Music Teacher and Choir Director at William E. Ferron Elementary. Andrew also currently serves as a Percussion Instructor for both Liberty High School (NV) and Desert Oasis High School (NV). Andrew attended The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, receiving degrees in both Music Education and Percussion Performance, earning both with Magna Cum Laude honors. Andrew recently received his AOSA Orff-Schulwerk Level I Certification at UNLV.

As an Educator, Andrew has previously held Percussion Instructor positions at Dublin Coffman High School (OH) where he served as director of the percussion ensemble program, front ensemble coach, and private lesson instructor; and at West Jefferson High School (OH) where he was percussion instructor and music arranger. Andrew spent summers in Ohio as an instructor at the Northland High School Summer Music Camp, where Andrew worked with both band and strings students in grades 5-12.

Also an active performer, Andrew has performed with several professional ensembles including the Pennsylvania Chamber Symphony (PA), Henderson Symphony Orchestra (NV), Westerville Symphony (OH), New Albany Symphony Orchestra (OH), and the Brass Band of Columbus (OH) and has shared the stage with international sensations Hillary Hahn and Emile Pandolfi.

At Ohio State, Andrew was a section leader and marching tenor captain in The Ohio State University Marching Band. He was also a member of the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Percussion Ensemble, and the OSU Fifes & Drums. Through these ensembles he had the opportunity both to collaborate with several composers such as Steve Reich, Joseph Schwantner, Steven Bryant, and John Mackey; and to perform at regional and national conventions such as PASIC and OMEA.

Andrew's primary percussion instructors have been Dr. Susan Powell, Jim Rupp, Joseph Krygier, and Dr. Peter Martin.

Andrew currently resides in Virginia. 


Andrew Wilkin, Percussion Consultant/ Arranger


Bio Coming Soon

Angelica Barraza, ColorGuard

Halie Peterson, ColorGuard and seamstress


Mrs. Stephens was born in Lakenheath, England and was raised in Buffalo, NY until she was about 10 years old. She then moved to Las Vegas, NV and has lived here ever since! She graduated from Clark High School in 1994 and attended UNLV. She received a BS in English Education in 1998 and went on to earn a MEd. in Educational Technology from Grand Canyon University. Mrs. Stephens participated in color guard all through high school and instructed for several years after graduation.

Mrs. Stephens has taught at several schools around the valley and finally found her niche at Liberty High School. Currently, Mrs. Stephens is teaching English 9, Video Productions 1, and Rhythmic Precision and is truly enjoying her experience working with the students and staff at Liberty.

"Do or do not, there is no try." ~Yoda  ;o)​

Cristy Stephens, ColorGuard


Travis Whaley has been Director of Bands at Liberty High School located in Henderson, NV since 2012. Under his direction the band has grown from 55 students to now include three full concert bands, two full jazz bands, two competitive winter guards, a competitive winter drumline, a thriving solo and ensemble program, and the largest Sound of Liberty Marching Band in the school’s history. All levels of the band program have received numerous awards and accolades during his tenure including consistent superior ratings with the concert bands, as well as outstanding music, visual, general effect, percussion, and guard with the marching band. The Liberty band program has earned the Southern Nevada Band Association Sweepstakes Award since the awards’ existence. This award recognizes superior ratings in both marching and concert bands festivals. Prior to Liberty High School, Mr. Whaley taught at Cannon Junior High School for two years where he also attended as a student many years before then.

Mr. Whaley earned a Master of Education from Grand Canyon University in 2015, and Bachelors of Music Education in 2010 from Northern Arizona University where he studied trombone with David Vining. While attending NAU, Mr. Whaley held the position of Drum Major for the Lumberjack Marching Band for three years, was an officer of the schools’ chapter of NAfME , and was a founding member, Historian, and President of the Kappa Xi chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Mr. Whaley was a member of The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps playing baritone in 2008, and held the position of drum major in 2009, and 2010. Since his age out, he has traveled almost every summer with the corps as a tour manager.

Outside of school, Mr. Whaley teaches private trombone lessons, has served as a coach for the wind section of the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra Symphony and Philharmonic since 2011, writes marching band drill for several schools around the Las Vegas Valley, serves as CCSD Advanced Band Festival Co-Chair, and has served on the board of the Southern Nevada Band Association. 

Outside of music, Mr. Whaley enjoys either a gratuitous amount of couch time, doing the next cool DIY project to his house, playing any “Sim” game, or petting his beloved cat, Cat-Cat. 

travis Whaley, Director of Bands