Director, Ms. Amy Smith
Amy Smith has been Director of Vocal Music since 1998, where she took over as the Color Guard instructor and Majorette sponsor for several years at Nitro High School. She began to mold the Show Choir into the Nitro Showcats competitive vocal music ensemble in the next several years. Since taking on the responsibility of building this ensemble, the Showcats have been awarded various caption awards, such as Best Choral Sound, Best Choreography, Best Set, Best Show Design, outstanding soloists, several overall Grand Champions awards and are the reigning 2016 WVMEA small mixed division State Champions. Amy Smith has one daughter , Chelyan (Carly) Smith and is originally from Chelyan, WV where she graduated in 1983 from East Bank High School, a Graduate of Marshall University, where she majored in Music Education and was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority , and National Order of Omega.
The Nitro Showcats are made up of 40 vocalists, an instrumental ensemble of 15, and a crew of 11. The Showcats are well known for thier "out of the box" show design and have been consistant finalists each year. The Showcats have won various awards over the years such as: Best Vocals, Best Choreography, Best Show Design, Best Soloist, Overall Grand Champions, and WV Small Mixed Division State Champions.