Master Chief Musician Todd W. Smeltzer, United States Navy
A native of Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, Master Chief Musician Todd Smeltzer graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1992 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Performance. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1993 and attended the Basic Course of Instruction at the Naval School of Music in Little Creek, Virginia. Upon completion, he served for six years as keyboard instrumentalist, vocalist, and supply petty officer with the SEVENTH Fleet Band in Yokosuka, Japan, traveling extensively throughout Asia and the Far East.
In July 1999, he was assigned to Navy Band Southeast, Jacksonville, Florida, serving as keyboardist, vocalist, sound engineer, and Unit Leader of the popular music group “Pride.”
In June 2003, he reported to U.S. Fleet Forces Band, Norfolk, Virginia, where his duties included: Leading Petty Officer, Ceremonial Band Leader, Operations Coordinator, Unit Leader of the Fleet Jazz Ensemble and Leader of the U.S. Navy Showband. As a member of the U.S. Navy Showband, he toured throughout South America in support of UNITAS XLV and XLVI. On September 16, 2004 he was promoted to Chief Petty Officer.
After successful completion of the eight-month Senior Musician Course at the Naval School of Music, Chief Smeltzer reported to Navy Band Northeast in May 2007 where he served as Ceremonial Band Leader, Showband Leader and Operations Coordinator. During his tour, he served as a member of the Advancement Examination Developers Conference in Pensacola, Florida and was promoted to Senior Chief on July 16, 2010. Also, in November 2010, he proudly completed training at the Senior Enlisted Academy as a member of the “green team”.
In January 2011, he reported to the Naval School of Music Staff in Little Creek, Virginia, as Head of Academics. He was promoted to Master Chief on 13 June 2013 and soon after reported for duty as Senior Enlisted Leader with Navy Band Great Lakes, Great Lakes, Illinois. He is currently serving as Senior Enlisted Leader with Navy Band Southeast, Jacksonville, Florida.