As the only girl in a family of seven children, Ard was never inclined to excessive girliness. When she became involved in music she planned to study the drums because they were anything but girly. However, her mother insisted that she play something melodic. They met a compromise with the trombone – a melodic instrument which most girls would not endeavor to play.
From her first days at BYU, Ard stood out as a performer. Though a freshman, she confidently auditioned for Synthesis and was admitted – a rarity in and of itself. That same year she began to sing alongside the band.
By the time Ard graduated, she had performed with Marching Band, the Pep Band, the Wind Symphony, the Philharmonic Orchestra, the Brass Choir, the Trombone Choir, the Mainstream Combo, the Brass Quintet, Synthesis, the Dixieland Jazz Band, and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble.
Ard is a sought after freelance artist for all styles of music. She has toured extensively in the United States and Europe with big bands, wind ensembles, and orchestras. Her most recent travel engagements include Doc Severinsen’s final big band tour, and performances with popular artist Michael Bolton.
When not traveling, Ard maintains a busy schedule in the Los Angeles area. Big bands she has performed with include Geo Valle’s Swing City Big Band, the Ron King/Buddy Childers Big Band, Maiden Voyage, and Scott Whitfield’s Jazz Orchestra West.
She has also performed with the San Bernardino Symphony, the Cypress Pops Orchestra, and the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra. She also plays in a variety of smaller ensembles ranging from brass quintets to salsa bands.
- Chai, Nathan K. “All That Jazz.” BYU Magazine. Winter 2003. Brigham Young University. 6 Aug. 2008. < http://magazine.byu.edu/?act=view&a=1151>.