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Energetic, compassionate, and knowledgeable, Zachary Smith is a young music educator in the Northern Illinois region. Mr. Smith is passionate about the concert and marching arts alike and is able to play for, clinic with, and work alongside a large variety of groups and students.

Mr. Smith is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a B.M. in Music Education. Mr. Smith studied under Dr. Mark Ponzo, Dr. Thomas Bough, and Dr. Mary Lynn Doherty.

Mr. Smith is in his third year at Emmons School after spending one year as the Director of Choral Studies and Music at Carbondale Elementary School. 2017-18 is Mr. Smith's fourth year of full-time teaching. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Smith also works with the 2017 WGI Independent Open Champion, Chromium Winds during the winter teaching brass and visual.

In 2012, Mr. Smith performed with the 7-time DCI World Champion Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps whom are based out of Rosemont, IL.

In addition, Mr. Smith has taught and designed drill for marching bands throughout the states of Illinois and Missouri since 2010, most recently teaching the Lakes Community High School, Buffalo Grove High School, Antioch Community High School, Rochelle Township High School, Carterville High School, and Wentzville-Holt High School (MO) bands.