Christina graduated from Liberty High School in 2016 and is joining us as a color guard staff member. Christina held the position of captain for the Colors of Liberty for two years during her time in high school, performed so acceptionally, that we offered her a staff position. We are excited to have her on our team!
Casey Bibiano was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. He was a Unlv Jazz II member for 2 years during his high school career, served as section leader for the CHS marching band, and was an All-State Jazz member for two years.
Casey graduated from to Chaparral HS in 2015, marched with Gold Drum & Bugle Corps, and served as a lead trumpet player in The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps.
Trevor is a horn player and an alum of Chaparral High School in Las Vegas, NV. His marching experience includes performing with Gold Drum and Bugle Corps, The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, and most recently, the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps.
Mr Bernabe was born in Chicago, Illinois and moved to Las Vegas in 2003. He graduated from Sierra Vista High School and attended UNLV in pursuit of a degree in Music Education. Throughout his collegiate career, Mr. Bernabe has played in numerous ensembles such as Brazilian Band, Percussion Ensemble, Marimba Band, Symphony Orchestra, and Wind Orchestra. He has also been a member of the Las Vegas Youth Wind Orchestra, the Henderson Symphony Orchestra, and was the Principal Percussionist for The Desert Winds.
As one of the founders of the Pulse of Liberty, the Winter Drumline program, Mr. Bernabe brings a myriad of experiences from the marching percussion world. As a member of the Sierra Vista High School Marching Band & Color Guard, he has earned championship medals from the Marching Band Open Series and a Regional Champion medal from Bands of America. He has also been a member of the UNLV Star of Nevada Marching Band, Vegas Vanguard Percussion Theater earning three medals from Winter Guard International, and Pulse Percussion earning a medal from the Southern California Percussion Alliance.
Mr. Bernabe is currently a performer in Vegas Vanguard Entertainment Drumline and has performed in the Latin Grammy Awards with Enrique Iglesias and Wisin & Yandel. He has also performed in Electric Daisy Carnival with artists such as Dada Life, Thomas Gold, and New World Punx. Occasionally, he also makes appearances in Hakkasan Nightclub performing with massive headliners such as Above & Beyond, Calvin Harris, Hardwell, Steve Aoki, and Tiesto.
Patrick Williams is a student at UNLV, studying Dance and Spanish which both degrees have an emphasis in education.
Patrick has classical training in ballet, jazz and modern dance techniques which has helped him with his teaching across the Las Vegas valley. He recently served as color guard section leader with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps.
He is very excited to be working with the Liberty High School band program.
Travis Whaley is the director of bands at Liberty High School in Henderson, Nevada. Travis previously taught at Cannon Junior High School in Las Vegas where he grew the program from 150 students, to almost 300. While at Liberty High School, the band program has grown year after year winning several caption awards in marching band and earning superior ratings at festivals with both concert bands.
Travis is an active member of The Academy Drum and Bugle corps admin team and spends part of his summers as a Tour Director managing and taking care of the performers, volunteers, and staff. He coaches the wind section for the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra Philharmonic, teaches private trombone lessons around the Las Vegas valley, and serves as an officer in the Southern Nevada Band Association (SNBA).
Travis's professional background includes a degree in music education from Northern Arizona University where he studied trombone with David Vining, served as drum major for the Lumberjack Marching Band for three years, played principal trombone in the NAU Symphony orchestra and Wind Symphony, as well as performed with the exclusive NAU Brass Quintet. He also participated an held officer positions in CMENC (now NAfME), the Wind and Percussion Advisory Board, and served as President of the NAU chapter of Phi Mu Alpha fraternity for men. Travis was a member of The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps for three years, '08, '09, and '10 where he performed on baritone, later to become drum major for the latter two years.
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 Russel - Liberty High School Choir
Ms. Rebecca Miles - Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps Alumea - Visual Tech
Mrs. Brittany Guerrero - Liberty High School English, Visual Tech
Ms. Halie Peterson - Liberty High School Math, Visual Tech, Master Seamstress
All of the alumni and parents that keep us going
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 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!
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.
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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