TJHSST Band Director, TJMC Director, TJDL Director & Front Ensemble Arranger


Steve Ballard was a Fairfax County Public Schools elementary band director at Fort Hunt and Woodley Hills ES from 2003 until 2020, and is and an alum of W. T. Woodson High School. In July 2020, TJ Bands welcomed Mr. Ballard as the new Director of Bands at TJHSST. He has been working with the TJ drum line and marching band since the winter of 2003-04 and also served as Associate Director. He was the Northern Region Percussion Coordinator for the Atlantic Indoor Assoc. for two years. His performance experience includes membership in the front ensemble of the Crossmen and Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps for a combined five years. His drum line teaching experience includes time with the Crossmen and Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. He has also been a part of the percussion staff for the Carolina Crown D and B Corps for most of the years since 2007, including the 2013 season when they won the DCI World Championship. After 5 years as the pit section supervisor for the United Percussion Indoor Drum Line, a perennial WGI World Class Finalist, Steve is entering his sixth season with Spirit of America Winter Percussion from Orleans, MA, the 2015 WGI Ind. Open Class world champion, and he has also been a percussion consultant for the George Mason University drum line. He has been teaching and arranging for High School Drum Lines across the country for the past 20+ years and with TJ in particular, has won multiple State and Regional Marching Band Championships, the AIA A and Open Class Indoor Drum Line Championships and placed as an A Class Finalist and an Open Class Semi-finalist at the WGI World Championships. He attended Ithaca College in New York where he received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Performance and Master of Music in Music Education. He is a Vic Firth endorsed music educator, member of NAfME, and a regular performer with the Fairfax Wind Symphony.

Graduate of:

  • Ithaca College
  • W. T. Woodson High School

Currently teaches:

  • TJHSST Director of Bands (2020-present)
  • Spirit Winter Percussion (2014-present)

Previously taught:

  • Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps (2002-2004)
  • Colts Drum and Bugle Corps (2006)
  • Rochester Crusaders Senior Drum and Bugle Corps (2000)
  • Syracuse Brigadiers Senior Drum and Bugle Corps (2001-2003)*
  • Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps (2007-present)
  • United Percussion Indoor Drum Line (2009-present)
  • George Mason University Indoor Drum Line (2009)
  • W. T. Woodson High School Fall Drum Line (1997-2000)
  • Mount Vernon High School, Assistant Director (2003-2004)
  • Elementary School Band Director in Fairfax County Public Schools (2003-present)