Director of Athletic Bands
Dr. Matthew J. Smith
Dr. Matthew Smith is entering his third year at Butler University as the Director of Athletic Bands, where he oversees the Butler University Marching Band, Basketball Band, and University Symphonic Band. Previously, he served as Interim Band Director at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he directed the UTC "Marching Mocs" and Basketball Pep Band, and conducted the Concert Band and Wind Ensembles. During his time at UTC, Dr. Smith was a two time conductor of the UTC Sponsored Tri-State Honor Band for high school band students. Prior to his appointment at UTC, he was an Assistant Professor and Director of Bands at Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont, where he was the director of the "Pulse and Power of Vermont" Spartan Marching Band, and the Spirit Band. He also conducted the Wind Ensembles and Spring Musical Ensemble.
Dr. Smith received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of Connecticut, where he was the Assistant Conductor of the University Wind Ensembles, and an Assistant Instructor of the Conducting Courses. During his time at UConn, he premiered the 2009 Big East Band Directors Association Consortium Project, "Torn Canvases" by Matthew Tommassini, with the University Wind Ensembles. Dr. Smith received his Masters of Music Performance in Conducting from West Virginia University, where he was the Graduate Assistant to the Concert and Athletic Band Programs. In addition, Dr. Smith received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Dayton. Following his undergraduate work, he was the Director of Bands at Charlotte Catholic High School (Charlotte, North Carolina) where he directed the 120-member competitive "Marching Cougars" Marching Band, and all other instrumental school ensembles.
Dr. Smith spent seven years working with the Fred J. Miller Summer Clinic Programs, where he focused on curriculum writing, staff training, and administration of the clinic program. Through this program, he worked with student leaders at colleges and universities across the Unites States. Dr. Smith is also a sought after arranger for concert and marching ensembles. Currently he is writing for several ensembles across the country. As an advocate for new music publications, Dr. Smith has premiered 10 new musical compositions, including six short operas in three seasons with the Hartford Opera Theater's "New in November" series, where new ten minute operas are staged, rehearsed, and performed all in the span of 48 hours.
Dr. Smith is a member of the National Association for Music Education, College Band Directors National Association, Phi Mu Alpha Professional Men's Music Fraternity, and an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority, INC.
Jeff Queen, '07, '11
Jeff began his drum corps career, at the age of 15, with the Canton Bluecoats and marched with the Velvet Knights, Santa Clara Vanguard, Blue Knights and at the University of North Texas. Jeff was the Drum Corps International Snare Drum Champion in 1994 and 1995.
Jeff is an original cast member of the Tony and Emmy award winning Broadway Show "BLAST."
He is the author of "The Next Level: Rudimental Drumming Techniques" and "Playing With Sticks", a 3-hour instructional DVD. Jeff is a signature artist for Vic Firth Drumsticks and proudly endorses Yamaha Drums, Evans Drumheads, Zildjian cymbals Meini Percusion and Offworld Percussion.
Jeff holds his BM in Music Theory and Composition and MM in Percussion Performance from Butler University. Jeff teaches and arranges for the Carmel High School Marching Band and is on the faculty at Butler University as adjunct instructor of percussion and percussion instructor with the Butler University Athletic Bands. When not teaching here in Indianapolis, Jeff travels the world as an active composer, arranger, judge, clinician, and performer.
Graduate Assistant to the Athletic Bands
Melissa joins the Athletic Bands as the Graduate Assistant for the Athletic Bands beginning in the Fall of 2018. Melissa is pursuing a Masters of Music in Instrumental Conducting. After receving her Bachelor's of Music Education from Hope College (Holland, MI) she taught K-12 music in both public and private school settings. Melissa is an active oboist throughout West Michigan playing with the Holland Symphony Orchestra, community bands, and area churches. Upon the completion of her degree, Melissa plans to return to teaching at the high school level. When Melissa isn't teaching she enjoys traveling abroad, walking along the shore of Lake Michigan, and attending Broadway musicals.
Tori is from Greenfield, Indiana where she attended Greenfield-Central High School where she acted as Drum Major for two years and participated in the winter guard. Tori is a veteran of Juxtaposition Winter Guard, where she acted as captain. Tori worked with the Fred J. Miller Summer Clinics for the past 5 years as both Flag and Rifle Instructor and Clinic Administrator. Tori is a sought after clinician and has worked with the colorguards of Lakota West (OH), Little Elm (TX), Miamisburg High School (OH), and Hamilton High School (OH).
Jennifer, from Lebanon, Indiana began her Baton Twirling career at the age of four. She competed in the United States Twirling Association in State, Regional, National, and World Competitions. Jennifer is the mother of three children, and met her husband, and High School sweetheart, when she was Guard Captain for Lebanon High School. She was the featured Baton Twirler for the Tiger Pride Marching Band throughout her High School days.
Jennifer has been a Unites States Twirling Association Judge since 1990. She is the Vice President of the Indiana State Baton Twirling Association, and was the Mid-East Regional President for six years.
She has been a Coach for National Level Twirling Athletes for over 25 years. Jennifer is passionate about the sport of Baton Twirling and is excited to join the Bulldog Community.