Dr. Steven L. Smyth is the new interim Associate Director of Bands at New Mexico State University. He comes from a very successful tenure at Iowa State University where he directed the the Cyclone Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Men's Basketball Band, as well as teaching Marching Band Methods. Steven is a proud alumnus of Iowa State University where he earned his Bachelors Degree in Music Education. He also holds a Masters Degree in Wind Conducting Performance and Pedagogy from Oklahoma State University where he studied with Dr. Joseph Missal, and received his DMA in Conducting from the University of Kansas, studying with Dr. Paul Popiel.
While under his leadership, the Cyclone Marching Band at Iowa State won the coveted Sudler Trophy. The John Philip Sousa Foundation awards it every two years to only one exceptional college marching band. The honor recognizes a history and tradition of excellence and not just a single season. The award can only be won once by a university.
Dr. Smyth previously served as Associate Director of Bands at the University of Central Arkansas. He taught in the public schools of Iowa for several years, beginning at Lenox High School and then Dowling Catholic High School.
As an arranger and drill writer, Steven Smyth writes shows for competitive high school programs across the United States. He also maintains an active schedule as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor across the United States, Europe, and Japan.
Dr. Smyth holds memberships in College Band Directors National Association, Iowa Bandmasters Association, Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association, Phi Beta Mu, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He also holds honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.