Ryan Summers conducting an ensembleThe Director of Music of the Smoky Mountain Brass Band is Ryan Summers. Mr. Summers, a tuba player, lives in his native Hendersonville where he directs the band at Apple Valley Middle School. He is the President-Elect of the Western North Carolina Bandmasters Association and holds a Bachelors Degree from Appalachian State University as well as a Master of Arts in Music Education from Western Carolina University. Altogether, Mr. Summers has 15 years experience teaching both middle and high school bands in North Carolina public schools and additionally taught 12 seasons (2001 – 2013) on the brass faculty of the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, a tenure during which Carolina Crown won the Jim Ott High Brass trophy four times and the Drum Corps International World Championship in 2013.