Orchestra, New Sousa Band, Virginia Symphony, and the British Imperial Military Band. She has served a career as a US Army musician, where her duties included: Associate Director, US Army Band , Washington, DC; Conductor, Continental Army Band, Hampton, VA; Commandant, Army School of Music, Virginia Beach, VA; Conductor, US Army Field Band and Soldier’s Chorus, Washington, DC; and and most recently as the Commander of the US Army Europe Band & Chorus in Heidelberg, Germany. While in Europe, Beth developed enduring partnerships with European musicians and was awarded the German government’s highest peacetime award of the “Silver Cross of Honor,” a first for an American Director of Music. She also led the Band & Chorus in historic performances in Moscow’s Red Square, for Her Majesty the Queen in London, and first-ever combined concerts with the National Serbian Defense orchestra.
Ms. Steele has retired from the US Army as Lt. Col. (Ret.) and resides in Summit County with her husband Mike, also a retired Army musician and ski instructor at Breckenridge.
In addition to directing the Summit Concert Band, Ms. Steele currently is director of the Summit Community Orchestra and the Alpine Orchestra. She has also been selected as the Orchestra Manager for the National Repertory Orchestra and has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Association of Concert Bands.
The director of Summit Concert Band is Ms. Beth Steele, who is an experienced musician and conductor. She received her Bachelor of Music (trumpet) degree and Master of Music (wind conducting) degree from Northwestern University in 1988 and 1989. Ms. Steele has performed on trumpet playing with numerous groups, including the Atlanta Symphony