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Steven Smartt recently retired from Vanderbilt University after 33 years as director of sponsored research and associate dean of the Graduate School. Also a part-time professional musician (trumpet), he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from Peabody College, and a PhD from Florida State University. Smartt has taught at the W.O. Smith Community Music School for eight years, was board president of the Nashville Jazz Orchestra, and is currently on the advisory board of the Nashville Jazz Workshop. He performs regularly with local rock and blues bands, has touring experience, as well as songwriting, studio, and arranging credits. In 2014, to promote historical awareness of the bicentennial of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Smartt will achieve a personal goal to perform the national anthem at least 100 times. He has performed at elementary schools, junior and high schools, community events, civic clubs, city councils, and historical societies. Notable performance sites include the Smithsonian Museum of American History, Francis Scott Key Park, Ft. McHenry, and the Iwo Jima Marine Corps War Memorial. His project also includes an informative educational program, with visuals and group participation. This project forms the basis for this application to the Online Hub.