Band & Color Guard
JAROD JERNIGAN - INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT
Mr. Jernigan was born and raised in Las Vegas. He graduated from Spring Valley High School in 2018 and currently attending CSN. Jernigan has participated in the CCSD Honor band for a total of 6 years, 6-8th grade 9th, 11th,12th. His senior year of High School was placed 1st in the All State Band. Continuing his studies in music education with plans to be a Director of Bands in the near future. Mr. Jernigan has played with the LVYO Philharmonic for 2 years. Mr. Jernigan has marched with The Academy DBC for 2 years in 2017, and 2019. Looking to pursue his Drum Corps career he plans on marching another 3 years within the activity with a goal and purpose to grow as a musician and to expand on his knowledge to teach.
Mr. Jernigan started teaching last year for the Spring Valley Marching Band as a Visual Tech. Now beginning this year at Liberty High School as an Instrumental Teaching Assistant. Mr. Jernigan enjoys working with all of the fantastic staff and can’t wait to see the exponential growth of the future years in this program.
DONALD W. MALPASS, DMA - DIRECTOR OF BANDS
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, including Marquee Mojo, Lost Vegas, and Ventanas.
Upon graduating with a masters degree from the 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 first substitute flutist for the Las Vegas Philharmonic. 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.
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:
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.
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
ROBERT ST. LUCE - MUSIC/VISUAL DESIGN
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.
JORGE CHAVEZ - PERCUSSION
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!
HALIE PETERSON, COLORGUARD & SEAMSTRESS
Bio Coming Soon
CRISTY STEPHENS - COLORGUARD DIRECTOR
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.
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