Bob Steelnack is in his 23rd year as a band director and first here at Trion High School. Previous appointments include Cartersville High School, Pepperell High School in Lindale, assistant director at Emma Sansom High School in Gadsden, Alabama and as band director at Ragland High School in Alabama.
Mr. Steelnack has a Master of Science in Education degree from Troy University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Jacksonville State University, where he served as section leader in the Marching Southerners.Prior to attending JSU he served as Saxophonist in the Army band program, assigned to the 14th Army Band at Ft. McClellan, Alabama.He graduated first in his class and earned a C1 instrumental proficiency qualifier while at the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia.Mr. Steelnack also attended the University of South Florida and is a 1986 graduate of Pinellas Park High School in Largo, Florida.
Steelnack’s high school bands have earned top honors at regional marching band competitions, and have performed in Orlando, Chicago, Virginia Beach, Myrtle Beach, Gatlinburg, and Washington, D.C. over the years. Steelnack has performed professionally as a saxophonist and clarinetist throughout the region with artists such as the Temptations, the Florida Orchestra, the Clocktower Jazz Ensemble, Ready-or-Not, and numerous community bands and touring shows.He has been featured as a soloist with various high school and collegiate ensembles, including the Troy University Summer Band and the JSU Symphonic Band, and appeared along with the Clocktower Jazz Ensemble in the 2002 feature film, “Sweet Home Alabama.” He is married to Realtor and harpist, Fay Ellen Foster Steelnack .Combined, they have four grown children and two grandchildren, and a Boston terrier named