Chad Heiny

Chad Heiny is a multifaceted freelance musician and educator residing in the Greater Pittsburgh area. He holds positions as Program Coordinator & Ensemble Coordinator for the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps, Music Editor with Tapspace Publications, and Music Design Coordinator for the Hebron High School Marching Band of Carrollton, TX. He is also an adjudicator for both Winter Guard International and Bands of America.

As an avid, versatile, and regularly commissioned composer, Chad has created music for an eclectic collection of ensembles and performers across the country. His published works for percussion are available from both Tapspace Publications and C. Alan Publications, while his ever-growing catalog of self-published compositions are available directly at

Chad has been a passionate contributor to the pageantry arts since 2003 and prior to his current roles at the Blue Knights, he arranged, coordinated, and consulted for several DCI World Championship Finalists including The Cadets, Spirit of Atlanta, Boston Crusaders, and Glassmen. He is a program coordinator, percussion arranger, wind arranger, and sound designer for high school and collegiate marching bands across the country. He can also be seen walking across Heinz Field on game days as a Creative Consultant for the Pittsburgh Steeline.

From 2006 until 2018, Chad was the Percussion Specialist and Assistant Director of Bands at Kiski Area High School in Vandergrift, PA. Under his leadership, the percussion program at Kiski Area grew exponentially in all areas and in 2017 were a featured ensemble at the Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival, sponsored by Music for All. In the WGI arena, Kiski Percussion won three Regional Championships in both Concert Open and Concert World from 2013-2015, and was the bronze medal winning ensemble in Concert Open Class at the 2014 WGI World Championships. During his tenure, the Kiski Area Marching Band was a BOA Regional Grand Champion seven times and won the Class AA silver medal at BOA Grand Nationals three times.

Chad earned a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from Louisiana State University and Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Education and Music Performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of both the Percussive Arts Society and ASCAP, and is a proud endorser of Majestic Percussion, Innovative Percussion, and Remo Drumheads. He resides just outside of Pittsburgh, PA, with his wife Nichole and son Christopher.

This piece uses three marimbas and a large collection of African instruments to suggest a dark and superstitious atmosphere.
Duration: 7:30 | Level: Advanced
A collection of compelling two-mallet solos that can be performed on any standard mallet instrument (e.g., marimba, vibraphone, xylophone or even glockenspiel).
Duration: 1:00–2:30 each | Level: Easy to Medium
This suite for two developing marimbists includes an optional atmospheric audio accompaniment making it perfect for a first recital duet.
Duration: 1:30-2:00 (7:30 total) | Level: Easy
This easy piece for a large ensemble uses three distinct sections to portray the attributes of a leopard; strength, speed and cunning.
Duration: 4:00 | Level: Easy
A work in four continuous movements, this percussion ensemble piece portrays a ceremonial sacrifice.
Duration: 7:30 | Level: Medium
Beautiful and artfully crafted mallet adaptations of two of the most timeless piano preludes of Chopin and Debussy.
Duration: 4:15 (total) | Level: Medium
Undisclosed has a relentless, exciting forward motion that is bolstered by a vibrant instrumentation and intense dynamics.
Duration: 3:00 | Level: Medium