Mr. Smith was born in Lansing, Michigan and grew up nearby in Williamston.
He received a B.M. for Michigan State University in 1980, and a M.M. from University of Illinois in 1982. Major teachers included: Merrill Sherburn, Howard Buss, Curtis Olson, Robert Gray, Milt Stevens, John Huling and Joe Alessi.
Mr. Smith auditioned for and won a position with the United States Air Force Band based in Washington, DC. He served in this group from 1983 - 2009. During his 26 year tenure with this organization, he performed as trombonist in the:
He performed worldwide as a member of the USAF Band and was a featured soloist and clinician, most recently in Taiwan.
He retired from the Air Force in 2009.
Current activities include, he: