For twelve years, Steve Smith taught middle school band in the Lewisville Independent School District, a northern suburb of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area in Texas. For eight of those years he served as the Director of Bands at Downing Middle School in Flower Mound. At Downing, Mr. Smith taught the Symphonic Band, assisted with the Concert Band and taught all of the beginning woodwind classes. The bands at Downing consistently displayed a high standard for musical excellence highlighted by a performance at the 2005 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. In 2012, Steve joined the team at Hal Leonard, which has allowed him to pursue one of his great passions – working with and helping teachers. At Hal Leonard, he works with the production of instrumental music and educational materials for band and strings. Steve brings his recent teaching experience to Hal Leonard and is using this in the development of the new Essential Elements Interactive website designed to assist teachers and students at the beginning instrumental level. Steve earned his Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of North Texas in 1998 and his Master’s degree from UNT in 2012. While at North Texas, he studied saxophone under Dr. Eric Nestler and performed in the North Texas Wind Symphony under the direction of Mr. Eugene Migliaro Corporon. Mr. Smith has was also involved in the drum and bugle corps activity for over twelve years. After performing with and teaching the Madison Scouts, Mr. Smith worked as brass caption head and staff coordinator for the Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps from Lexington, Kentucky and was a brass instructor for the Santa Clara Vanguard from Santa Clara, California. Mr. Smith is an active clinician whose passion for helping teachers has allowed him to work with and speak to teachers across the United States, Canada, and Australia.