Mr. Adam E. Ardner is a born and raised Midwesterner/Chicagolander - BEAR DOWN! GO CUBS GO!
Ardner, a saxophonist, and tubaist earned the Bachelor of Science (Instrumental Music Education) from the Hargreaves School of Music, and Teachers' College at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. His primary instructors include: Dr. George Wolfe (Saxophone), Dr. Joseph Scagnoli (Wind Bands and Conducting), and Dr. Christian Zembower (Wind Bands and Conducting). While at Ball State, Mr. Ardner performed with the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, Studio Jazz Ensemble, "The Pride of Mid-America" Marching Band, Basketball Pep Band, "X-Band" Women's Volleyball Band, and various Saxophone Quartets. In his senior year, he was the principal tenor saxophone, and soloist of the Indiana All-State Intercollegiate Band at the IMEA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.
In high school, Mr. Ardner was a performer in all of the instrumental ensembles at Chesterton High School in Chesterton, Indiana. He played baritone saxophone his freshman year in the Jazz Ensemble, and Wind Ensemble. He also spent his sophomore through senior years as the lead altoist with the Jazz Ensemble, and Principal Tuba in the Symphony Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble. Adam marched "contra" with the Trojan Guard Marching Band, and played multiple brass, woodwind and percussion instruments in the basketball pep band.
Mr. Ardner is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), and the Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA). He has also held membership in the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE), Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA), and Music Educators National Conference (MENC). He is an alumnus of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, men's music fraternity. In 2007, Mr. Ardner was honored in that year's edition of "Who's Who Among America's Teachers and Educators".
From July, 2004 until June, 2010, Mr. Ardner served as Assistant Director of Bands, and Director of Jazz Ensembles at Victoria Memorial High School in Victoria, Texas. His Jazz Ensembles achieved superior ratings at multiple Jazz festivals in South Texas (Victoria, Kingsville, Corpus Christi), and were simulcast in performance on South Texas Public Radio (KEDT/KVRT) in 2007, 2008, and 2009. Between its inception in 2004, and closure in 2010, the MHS Jazz Orchestra had performed with a number of professional musicians from throughout the country at their annual "All That Jazz". They had played alongside: Kim Park (Saxophone/Flute), Jim Widner (Bass), Gary Hobbs (Drums), Joe Cartwright (Piano), Dave Pietro (Saxophone), Paul McKee (Trombone), Allen Beeson (Trumpet), Larry McWilliams (Trumpet), Freddie Mendoza (Trombone), and Steve Bailey (6-String, Fretless Bass). While at Memorial High School, he also instructed the Marching Band, Concert Band, Pre-AP Music Theory, and Class Piano. From 2010 until 2014, he was the Director of Bands at Victoria West High School.
Mr. Ardner is currently Assistant Director of Bands at El Campo ISD. He holds the Master of Education (Educational Leadership and Supervision) from The University of Houston - Victoria, and is a Master of Music (Music Education) Candidate at the University of Florida. He also plans to pursue post-graduate study in Doctor of Education programs.
In his "free time", Mr. Ardner is an avid culinary artist, bass guitar enthusiast, performing musician, conductor/clinician, and enjoys the occasional video game. His primary loves are his wife, and two children, with another on the way! We all love our three dogs, cat, and our cichlid aquarium.
Mr. Adam E. Ardner, M.Ed.
Assistant Director of Bands
El Campo ISD
979-543-6362 Ex. 76488
B.S. - Ball State University
M.Ed. - The University of Houston, Victoria
M.M.E. Candidate - The University of Florida