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Steve Smeltzer


Steve Smeltzer


Steve Smeltzer



What do you love about music?
I love the camaraderie of writing and playing music with other musicians that is emotionally moving to us, as well as the listeners.

Who is your favorite artist?

What are your top 5 desert island albums?
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway – Genesis
Aja – Steely Dan
Kind of Blue – Miles Davis
Close to the Edge – Yes
Sweet Baby James – James Taylor

Do you play in a band or currently perform?
Steve currently plays with various jazz bands with revolving personnel and also fills in monthly with The Crescent Avenue United Methodist Church praise and worship band.



Steve Smeltzer has been a fixture in the Fort Wayne music scene for 35 years. He’s played with various bands at about every local venue, from the tiniest hole-in-the-wall to the Memorial Coliseum. Best known as a drum teacher, he has taught thousands of students, many of which have gone on to professional music careers or have even become drum teachers themselves.

Steve began his teaching career at age 15 at Guy Zimmerman Music in Fort Wayne. He remembers his dad racing to pick him up from driver’s training to tell him that his drum instructor, Kent Stier, couldn’t teach lessons that night and had requested that Steve fill in for him. He loved the experience and shortly after was hired as the permanent replacement for Kent.

Steve’s fondness for education has transferred to his instructor role at the Academy. His teaching style values individual attention, positive reinforcement, and real-world rudiments. No matter what your level, Steve can help you unleash your inner drummer.