Matt Boening holds a bachelor of music education degree from Texas Tech University, where he studied trombone with Don Lucas. Immediately following his graduation from Texas Tech, Mr. Boening moved to London to pursue a Master of Music in Trombone Performance at the Royal Academy of Music. While at the RAM, Mr. Boening studied with Denis Wick, Dudley Bright, Ian Bousfield and James Maynard. As a trombonist, Mr. Boening has performed with Lutz Kohler, Sir Charles Mackerras, James Newton Howard, Sir Colin Davis, James Watson, Christian Lindberg, Doc Severinsen, Joanna MacGregor & Sir Elton John.
Mr. Boening began his career as a band director in 2004 at Allen High School. After nine years in Allen, he accepted the head position at Smithson Valley High School and is happily working with the “Pride of the Texas Hill Country”… the Smithson Valley High School RANGER BAND!
In addition to his role at Smithson Valley HS, Mr. Boening is the proud husband of Natalie Boening, a band director at Wilder Intermediate School in Schertz, and father to Alison, Jacob and Emily. He enjoys spending time at home with his beautiful family every chance he gets!
Dain Vereen is the Assistant Band Director at Smithson Valley High School. Vereen is a 2009 graduate of Texas Tech Univeristy where he majored in Music Education and his primary instrument is the Clarinet. He played in the Tech Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra and was a three year member of the Goin' Band from Raiderland. His primary clarinet teachers were Dr. David Shea and Mr. Stephen Girko.
Mr. Vereen taught at SVHS previously during the 2010-2011 school year before becoming the Asst. Band Director at Lubbock High School in 2011. His responsibilities will be woodwind coordinator and director of the Symphonic and Cadet Bands as well as some beginner classes at our middle school feeders.
Mr. Vereen is currently working on his Masters in Music Education from Texas Tech and is very happy to be back home teaching with an outstanding staff and fantastic students!
After high school, Mr. Yates attended Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, where he received his Bachelor of Music Education degree.
Before coming to Smithson Valley, Mr. Yates served as Assistant Director of Bands at Greenville High School, Greenville, MS., Gulfport High School, Gulfport, MS., and East Central High School in San Antonio.
Mr. Yates has performed locally with the Hill Country Symphonic Winds, the San Antonio Municipal Band, the Heart of Texas Concert Band, the Sheldon-Vexler Theater, and The Messengers, a Christian band based out of the Fellowship of San Antonio.
Mr. Yates currently resides in Universal City with his wife Suzy, and a host of critters.
Samuel Woodfield, UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA graduate, has been a head Middle School, Junior High, Mid-High and Assistant High School Band Director for 26 years. He has also been a Color Guard/Winter Guard designer, instructor, director and consultant/clinician in the Midwest and Southwest United States for the past 30 years. Mr. Woodfield’s Junior High Bands in Oklahoma earned the award of 2 time 1st Runner-Up for State Honor Band. His Middle Schools, Junior Highs, Mid-High and 2nd, 3rd and 4th High School Bands has earned consistent Superior Ratings in Concert and Sight-Reading Contest for 23 years. Mr. Woodfield has taken several successful programs to BOA Regional/Super Regional Finals and WGI Regional Finals. His Color Guard/Winter Guard has earned 8 State Championships Titles in Oklahoma and Texas along with several medalist placement. Mr. Woodfield has taught at Moore West Junior High, OK, Westmoore High School, OK, Union High School, OK, Brazsowood High School, TX, Winston Churchill High School, TX, JJ Pearce High School, TX and Allen High School, TX.