Front Ensemble Supervisor, The Cadets
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 the 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 strong relationships with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and several local universities. Cavalier Percussion was also recently selected for the 2017 Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival. 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 State University of Pennsylvania. His teachers 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 Spirit of Atlanta (2010-2013), Boston Crusaders (2009-2010) and the Glassmen (2003-2007). He has arranged and composed music for programs across the country and is currently the Battery Arranger for the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) Marching Band and the Creative Consultant of the Pittsburgh Steeline. Chad's original works for percussion 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 not only for WGI, but circuits and associations nationwide.
He resides just outside of Pittsburgh in West Leechburg, PA with his wife Nichole, son Christopher and their dog Cailey.