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!
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.
Michael Childress graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. During his time in the Texas State Music Program, he performed in several ensembles including the Bobcat Marching Band, Symphonic Winds, Jazz Ensembles, Baroque Trumpet Ensemble and The Musical Theatre Orchestra. In 2008 Mr. Childress Marched Trumpet as a member of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps and later as a member of the 2010 World Champion Bronze Medalist, Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps of North Canton Ohio.
Mr. Childress is coming to Smithson Valley from Floresville ISD where he taught at the Middle and High School levels for six years. In his time outside of teaching, Mr. Childress enjoys working as a Visual and Drill Designer for marching bands, and composing and arranging music. Mr. Childress lives on the north side of San Antonio with his wife Amber, who is also a Band Director, and their giant puppy, Cora.