Director of Athletic Bands
Professor Smith is entering his twelfth year as Director of Athletic Bands. A member of the faculty at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Smith also serves as conductor of the Rutgers Concert Band and directs the outreach efforts for the Music Department. Smith is a graduate of the Mason Gross School of the Arts where he focused on percussion and music education. He researched and wrote on such topics as, Multicultural Music Education, Music Learning Theory, Inter-judge Reliability In Band Competition, and Two-way Ensemble Communication. He has studied with notable band conductors Jerry Junkin - University of Texas, Allan McMurray- University of Colorado, and Kevin Sedatole – Michigan State University.
Smith brings 28 years of experience in drum corps, marching band and marching percussion to the “Banks of the Raritan”. A tireless recruiter, Smith has taken the band from 135 members in 2000 to its’ current membership of 200. As director of the Marching Scarlet Knights, Smith has infused a new energy into the band by adding an increased energy to the bands’ weekly pre-game show and working with the Rutgers Administration to bring the band “into the game”. Under his direction, the Rutgers Drumline, recent recipients of major sponsorships from Dynasty Percussion and Vic Firth, can be heard constantly during football games, along with the marching band. The Marching Scarlet Knights precision, pre game show run-on began under Smith’s direction.
Smith has been responsible for increasing the bands’ visibility in the New York, New Jersey area by gaining appearances at major events for the band. The Marching Scarlet Knights have appeared on the “Apprentice” with Donald Trump, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, played for the Heisman Trophy Awards Dinner, the Fox Network’s fall shows announcement special, award presentations for The National Football League, several parades in New York City and New Jersey, and performed during halftime of several Giants and Jets games. He led the band to Washington, DC to perform during a Congressional Ceremony honoring Coach Greg Schiano. Under his tutelage the Rutgers Marching Band has become one of the most recognized collegiate ensembles in the North East, playing for fans numbering in the 100’s of thousands.
In addition to these duties, Professor Smith directs the famed Rutgers Pep Band. Under his guidance, the Rutgers Pep Band has become one of the best in the Country. Madison Square Garden declared the Rutgers Band, “the best pep band in the metropolitan area”, during the Men’s Big East Basketball Tournament. During the 2006 NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four, the Rutgers Pep Band was the winner of the Final Four Battle of the Bands. The pep band has played during many university functions, several in and around New York City and at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Coupled with his own boundless energy and enthusiasm, Professor Smith has released the enthusiasm of the Rutgers Students in the band, creating a formidable force heard during basketball games at the RAC, one of the greatest home court advantages in the Country.
Professor Smith is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the Big East Band Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference, and the Texas Band Masters Association. As an active adjudicator, Smith travels to various marching and concert band competitions annually. Smith and his wife, Michelle live in Highland Park. E-Mail Professor Smith
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