Mickey Smith Jr.’s mission is to help educators DISCOVER THEIR SOUND and KEEP ON GOING. Mickey is currently the head band director at Maplewood Middle School in Sulphur, LA. Mickey has taught since 2005 in both Texas and Louisiana. Over that time he has grown two programs over 500%, encompassing nearly half of the school population at both respective schools! In addition to playing music and teaching, Mickey also serves educators through his SOUND180 EDUCATORS program and supports organizations that promote music education. Mickey is the 2020 GRAMMY Music Education Award Recipient. He and his wife Eugenia, a fellow educator, and their two children William and Mikayla reside in Southwest Louisiana.