Instructor profile

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 by Genesis, Aja by Steely Dan, Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, Close to the Edge by Yes, Sweet Baby James by 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 has been a fixture in the Ft. Wayne music scene for the last 35 years. He's played with various bands at about every local venue, from the smallest hole-in-the-wall, to the main arena at the Memorial Coliseum. He is probably best known as a drum teacher who has taught thousands of students, many who have gone on to professional music careers or even have become drum teachers themselves. Steve started 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 Mr. Stier who left to pursue his desire to teach in college.