Pam Smith Kelly – President is the daughter of Claude T. and Maureen F. Smith. Born in Cozad, NE, Pam attended South City View Elementary in the Center School District (KCMO) and Field School, Chillicothe Jr. High and graduated from Chillicothe High School. She received her B. M. E. from Central Missouri State University and her M. M. E. from the University of Kansas. She taught elementary music for 16 years and was the choral director for 19 years at Oxford Middle School in the Blue Valley School District, Overland Park, KS. Mrs. Kelly served as the Middle Level Chair and the Elementary Chair for the Northeast KMEA and as the State Chairman for KMEA Elementary and Middle Levels. She also received the NEKMEA Outstanding Music Educator in 2010. She has appeared as guest director, clinician and judge for bands, choirs, and orchestras around the country and abroad. She is a bassoonist and is the President of Claude T. Smith Publications, Inc., which publishes the instrumental and choral works of her late father. She has held various positions in church music ministries, directing hand bells, children’s choirs, wind ensembles and orchestras for the past 37 years in the Kansas City area. She and her husband, Jim, reside in Overland Park, KS with their two children, Austin (18) and Faith (15). Their older daughter, Tara, her husband Greg and their daughters, Rose and Laurel, currently reside in Kansas City, MO. Pam is a member of ASCAP, American Choral Directors Association, NEA, National Association for Music Education, Sigma Alpha Iota, Mu Phi Epsilon (Patron), P. E. O. and Association of Concert Bands.
Robin Thompson – Director of Publications is a native of Missouri and received her BME from Central Missouri State University (1980) and Master’s in Elementary Administration from William Woods University (2008). Thompson taught for 35 years in Missouri at Sherwood Cass R-VIII, Savannah, Center, and Belton BSD #124 at the elementary and middle school level in band, general and choral music and conducted children’s choirs at church. She was a member and candidate for Elementary Vice President of MMEA and clinician through the Heart of America chapter of AOSA. Ms. Thompson was a member of the Missouri Lions Band in 1976 then served as a member of the staff in 1986. She is a clarinetist and plays in the Grace Covenant Orchestra and UCM Alumni Band. As a retired music teacher, she was co-president of the Belton unit of the Missouri Retired Teachers Association and member of the Kansas City Alumni Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota. Ms. Thompson works part time as Director of Publications for Claude T. Smith Publications.
Robert Langenfeld – Head Engraver Born and raised in Nebraska, Robert Langenfeld found a love for music earlier in his childhood. His love for music when he was young led to him to eventually compose his first piece when he was only 12. Since then Robert’s music has won numerous honors and awards. Most recently, his work “Spark!” was selected as the winner of the 2016 Claude T. Smith Memorial Composition Contest. Robert’s music concert works has been published through Grand Mesa Music and Claude T. Smith Publications. His style of composing has been described as rich harmonies against dramatic backdrops of sounds and colors. Robert has studied composition under composer Steven Bryant.
Robert not only writes for the traditional performance mediums, he also is an active film scorer, having scored for over a dozen independent films. Along with this Robert is an active drill writer for the midwest area. He regularly consults with marching band programs and designs their drill for their competition season.
In 2012, Robert founded his own publishing company RLCompositions. The goal was to provide musicians, directors, and ensembles better access to his music. This also allowed Robert to provide better insights into his composing and to also start building educational materials for aspiring composers as well. You can learn more by visiting www.rlcompositions.com.
After graduating from Northwest Missouri State University in May 2013 with a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. in Music , Robert took up residence in Kansas City, MO and married his wife Arrianne. When Robert is not busy with his full time job and composing, he spends time his wife, playing video games and going on bike rides.
Mark Doerffel – Editor is the Director of Instrumental Activities at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa where he teaches Applied Brass, Music Theory, Instrumental Methods, Conducting, Music Appreciation, and directs the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble. Previously, he taught in the secondary schools of Florida and North Carolina. He has completed coursework (ABD) for his Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Florida, Master of Music Education from Appalachian State University, and Bachelor of Music Education from Louisiana State University.
Doerffel has presented at conferences in several states, including: Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Florida, and North Carolina on topics that range from classroom management, new teacher preparation, and trombone & brass pedagogy.
He currently serves the South Central District of the Iowa Bandmasters Association (IBA) as Past President and College Affairs representative. He also serves as the State Chair for the College Affairs Committee for IBA. His professional affiliations include NAfME, National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, College Music Society, Iowa Bandmasters Association, and the International Trombone Association.
He lives in Ankeny, Iowa with his wife Amanda, and their two sons Charles and Brooks.