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Thomas R. Smith

Professor, Music

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Thomas Smith
Extension: 11485
Phone: (239) 489-9485
Location: Lee L-124B
Office Hours: M-F TBA
Department: School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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Dr. Tom Smith, Professor of Trumpet, Jazz Studies, Discipline Chair Dr. Smith received the Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Instrumental Music Education from the Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. As a music educator, he has taught instrumental music and trumpet performance at the middle school, high school, and college levels in Texas, Georgia, and Florida. He began performing professionally at the age of 14 and has shared the stage with numerous prominent artists and musical ensembles from many genres of music. Among these include performances with jazz greats Lionel Hampton; Charlie Haden; the Duke Ellington Repertory Ensemble with Gunther Schuller; Freddie Hubbard; and many others. He has performed with the Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra; the Rome Symphony Orchestra (GA); the Chamber Players of the South; the Georgia Bach Festival Orchestra; the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra; the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra; the Naples Bach Ensemble; and as Solo Cornetist with the Roman Festival Brass at the North American Brass Band Association Finals Competition. Other credits include many engagements with jazz, rock and R&B groups; and Pit Orchestra performances with numerous Regional and National productions, including the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes; Camelot with Richard Harris; Peter Allen; The Three Tenors; Cirque and many others . He studied trumpet with renowned artist and teacher, Raymond Crisara. Other trumpet teachers include Ralph Montgomery; John Schnell; Betty Scott; Bryan Goff; and Carolyn Sanders. At FSW, Dr. Smith teaches Applied Trumpet; Jazz Studies; Jazz History; Music Appreciation; and Music Theory. He directs the FSW Jazz Ensembles and Jazz Combos; the Trumpet Ensemble and Brass Quintet; and serves as Discipline Chair for the FSW Department of Music.

  • D.M.A. University of Texas at Austin, 2001
  • Trumpet, Jazz, Music Theory, Music Appreciation, Jazz History, Jazz Ensembles, Jazz Improvisation.
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