Thad Driskell
Director of Bands
Chad Allard
ociate Director of Bands

Thad K. Driskell is in his fourteenth year of teaching at Thomas Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and twenty-fourth year teaching in the public schools of Iowa and the Chicago suburbs. Mr. Driskell serves as Director of Bands at Jefferson High School, His primary responsibilities include conducting the Wind Symphony, directing The Band of Blue Marching Band, teaching AP Music Theory, and private instruction of brass and percussion lessons.

Mr. Driskell earned a Master of Music in Music Education Degree from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Wartburg College. He has pursued further education through private study of wind conducting at the University of Iowa under Dr. Myron Welch.

Under Mr. Driskell's direction, the Jefferson High School Wind Symphony performed at the 2004 Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference and served as a rehearsal lab band at the prestigious 2010 Midwest Clinic in Chicago. The Wind Symphony shared a joint concert with The University of Iowa Symphony Band at Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City, and performed at the inaugural Northern Iowa Band Festival in The Great Hall of the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa.
Mr. Driskell serves as an active guest conductor and adjudicator. His professional affiliations include: the Iowa Music Educators Association, Assistant to the All-State Band Chair; the National Band Association, State Chair for Iowa; the Iowa Bandmasters Association, having served as Concert Band Affairs state chair and Public Relations state chair; the Northeast Iowa Bandmasters Association, having served as President, Concert Band Affairs chair, and 2008 Honor Band chair; Iowa Alliance for Arts Education; past member of the Cedar Rapids City Band Commission; and has served as an advisor with the Iowa Ambassadors of Music in 1998, 2004, and 2006.

In 2010, Mr. Driskell received the Phillip Sehmann Excellence in Teaching Award from the Northeast Iowa Bandmasters Association and was recognized by School Band and Orchestra Magazine in 2012 in the article “50 Directors Who Make a Difference”. Thad's family includes his wife, Elizabeth (Director of Bands at McKinley Middle School), and two children, Carolyn (Jefferson clarinet player) and James (Taft euphonium player).

Thad Driskell:

Chad Allard is very excited to be the new Associate Band Director at Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School! Mr.Allard, a Linn-Mar High School graduate, received his Bachelor of Music degree from Simpson College and earned his Masters of Music Education at Vandercook College of Music in 2012.

Prior to his position at Jefferson, he was the Director of Bands at Marion High School for nine years. Mr. Allard served as the 7-12 band director at Iowa Valley Schools in Marengo for five years and he was the High School band director at AGWSR Schools in Ackley for two years.

Mr. Allard has received multiple Division I ratings for Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Marching Band, and has taken his jazz bands to compete at the Iowa Jazz Championships in 2005 and 2006. He has been nominated for “Who’s Who in Teaching” twice, has been nominated for the “Disney Teacher Awards”, and traveled as an advisor for the Iowa Ambassadors of Music European Tour.

Mr. Allard’s professional affiliations include the Iowa Bandmasters Association (IBA), the NE Iowa Bandmasters Association (NEIBA), the American School Band Directors Association (ASBDA), and Jazz Educators of Iowa (JEI).

He currently is serving as the Advertising Manager for the IBA Magazine, is the head of the Midwest Committee for ASBDA, and is a NEIBA mentor. He is also a certified IHSMA judge. Mr. Allard most recently received the Phillip Sehmann Teaching Award in 2014 from the Northeast Iowa Bandmasters Association.

He has been a performing member of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band, Cornell College Concert Band, the Eastern Iowa Brass Band, the What Cheer Winds, and the Marengo Civil War Band. Mr. Allard is happily married to his wife Amanda and loves to spend time with his son Benjamin and daughter Katie.

Chad Allard:

© Copyright Jefferson High School Band of Blue | website designed and maintained by: Hunt Graphic Innovations