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Derek Smith
Derek Smith




Derek Smith is a Chemistry and AP Research Teacher at Northview High School in Grand Rapids, MI where he has been teaching for over 20 years. He holds a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry and an M.Ed. Degree in Educational Technology. He is a widely respected adjudicator, designer, instructor, and clinician for marching bands and winter guards across Michigan and the Midwest. Derek has been the director and designer of the 21-time WGI Finalist Interplay Winter Guard since 1997 and has served as a clinician at the MFA Summer Symposium for over 20 years. He was also inducted into the Michigan Color Guard Circuit Hall of Fame in 2009. Derek is excited to be back at the Summer Symposium in 2022 teaching the Color Guard Instructor Academy.