Assistant Band Director
Mr. Smith is excited to join the staff at Trinity High School this year as the Director of Percussion, and also an Assistant Band Director. He is in his 13th year of teaching and comes from Denton Ryan High School where he taught for 12 years. Prior to teaching in Denton he was a member of the 36th Army Band at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. While in the Army he received the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and Army Good Conduct Medal. He was a member of the Funeral Procession Band for the Late Senator and Presidential nominee Barry Goldwater’s Funeral.
He was also a member of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps as a member of the snare line. While at the University of North Texas he was a 4 year member of the UNT Drumline which won 3 Percussive Arts Society Championships.
He has been on staff with bands that are Finalists at the Area A & C Marching Band contests in the 4A, 5A, and 6A classifications. His bands have been awarded “Best in Class” at many contests throughout the nation in California, Florida, Colorado, Indiana, and Texas. His bands have also been awarded the prestigious UIL “Sweepstakes” award. He has been involved in composition and arranging for Winds and Percussion. He has been on arranging and design staffs for UIL State Marching Band Finalists and Winter Guard International (WGI) Champions. On the Concert stage, he has conducted many outstanding ensembles including the U.S. Army Band at Fort Huachuca, the Wind Symphony at the University of North Texas, and the Wind Symphony at Ryan High School.
He studied conducting and Wind Band Literature under Mr. Dennis Fisher and Mr. Eugene Corporon at the University of North Texas. It has been an honor and privilege to be enrolled in the Southern Methodist University Graduate program for Music Education studying with Brian Merrill, Lynn Jackson and Dr. Sarah Allen. He was recently inducted into the “Alpha Chi” National Honor Society for Academics. “It has been a tremendous opportunity to learn and expand my knowledge on band pedagogy and ensemble rehearsal techniques, as well as, current research related to the classroom.” He lives in Denton with his wife Kim, his daughter Savannah, and their Boxers – Bonnie and Clyde!