Susan L. Smith is Director of Bands at the Saint James School in Montgomery, AL. Smith received her Bachelor’s of Music Education from James Madison University and taught in the Virginia public schools shortly after. Her responsibilities included the direction of elementary and secondary instrumental music programs, as well as teaching other arts-related courses. Her ensembles consistently received superior ratings from the Virginia Band and Orchestra Director Association festivals during her tenure. After receiving her Master’s Degree of Music Education from Troy State University, she taught as a Adjunct Professor of Music and served as the Executive Director of the Southeastern United States Concert Band Clinic and Honor Bands. In addition, she coordinated the visual program for the Sound of South Marching Band. Her professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, Alabama Music Educators Association, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Alpha Iota, and the National Band Association.