Robert W. Smith

Born: 1958 Ft. Rucker, AL

Lived in Daleville, AL

Classical Composer, Arranger Warner Bros. Publications

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Robert W. Smith




Offical Website: ROBERT W. SMITH

Robert W. Smith is an American composer, arranger, and teacher.

Smith was born in the small town of Daleville, Alabama on October 24 1958.[citation needed] He attended high school in Dadeville, after which he left for Troy State University, where he played lead trumpet in the Sound of the South Marching Band.[citation needed] While at Troy, he studied composition with Dr. Paul Yoder.

Upon his graduation from Troy State with a Bachelor of Music Education degree, Smith pursued his musical career in South Florida, where he earned the Master's degree in Media Writing and Production from the University of Miami, while studying with Dr. Alfred Reed.[citation needed] He was soon hired by Columbia Pictures Publications and later Warner Bros./Belwin Publications.[1] Smith's career with Warner Bros. continued until 2005, when it was bought out by Alfred Music Publishing.[2]

In 1997, Smith returned to Troy, Alabama to become the Director of Bands at Troy State University, following the retirement of his old band director, Dr. Long. Smith would remain at Troy for four years, directing the Sound of the South Marching Band and the Symphony Band. In 2001, he left Troy to take a more full-time position with Warner Brothers Publications.[citation needed] His position with Warner since leaving Troy has taken him all over the world, acting as guest conductor and clinician with many ensembles, including the New Mexico All-State Small School band.

Smith's "New Day Rising" & "Don Quioxte" were nominated for the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards for Contemporary Classical Album.

Currently, Smith has over 600 published works, including three symphonies. Symphony No. 1, The Divine Comedy, was inspired by Dante's epic; Symphony No. 2, The Odyssey, was inspired by the Greek epic of the same name; and Symphony No. 3, "Don Quixote", was inspired by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra's epic of the same title.[3]

Smith has also composed two works dedicated to solo instruments–-contemporary concertos for the flute family and the euphonium--entitled Gemeinhardt Suite, and Willson Suite respectively.[citation needed]

Smith's piece "Into The Storm" was written to commemorate the powerful 1993 winter storm that brutalized the eastern United States. This piece is often worked into various themes and reset in different ensembles such as a version played by an orchestra, substituting the flute ostinato as a violin part; or otherwise used as a part of a marching band show (See Sandy Creek Marching Band).[citation needed]

Smith is a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, having been initiated into the Zeta Upsilon chapter at then Troy State University in April 1977. His work "To the Summit" is subtitled "Strive for the Highest," the motto of the fraternity. The middle section of "To the Summit" is an arrangement of the Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity Hymn.

He is now the head of the Music Industry program in Troy University.

In addition to composing for bands, Smith has enjoyed success writing for drum and bugle corps. He had been a member of the Charioteers Drum and Bugle Corps in Alabama in the mid-1970s. His first great success came in the mid-1980s while he was writing for the Suncoast Sound, from Clearwater, Florida -- a tenure which included Suncoast's 1985 program, "A Florida Suite," the first completely original musical program ever done by a drum corps.[1] He would later go on to write for Magic of Orlando for several years. Until 2007, he wrote for the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps, of Toledo, Ohio.

Around 2002, Robert and his wife Susan L. Smith began to work on a new project, writing a fully integrated music curriculum that would begin in elementary school and take students all the way through high school. A design team of several music educators was assembled, and the result was Music Expressions.

Before the beginning of the 2006–2007 school year, Troy University announced the re-hiring of Smith to the position of Coordinator of the Music Industry program.[2] On December 14, 2006, Smith announced his appointment as Director of Product Development for the C. L. Barnhouse Company, and an exclusive publishing arrangement with the firm, effective January 1, 2007.

His wife, Susan Smith is currently the band director of the Saint James band.


1^ Troy Faculty[dead link]

2^ Alfred to acquire Warner Publishing

3^ Robert Smith Bio

Source: Robert W. Smith - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Compositions: Robert W. Smith - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

More info & Publications: Robert W. Smith - Our Composers - C. L. Barnhouse Company

Robert W. Smith: Facts, Discussion Forum, and Encyclopedia Article

The Music of Robert W. Smith Volume 2: InchonThe Divine Comedy Symphonic Band Works of Robert W. SmithDon Quixote: The Music of Robert W. Smith, Symphony Band


Listen: The Music of Robert W. Smith Volume 2: Inchon: Robert W. Smith, Robert McElroy, Houston Symphonic Band: Music

Listen: The Divine Comedy Symphonic Band Works of Robert W. Smith: Robert W. Smith, Anthony J. Maiello, George Mason University Wind Ensemble: Music

Listen: Symphony Band - Download Symphony Band Music on iTunes

Don Quixote, The Divine Comedy and Inchon CDs are now available on iTunes.  In addition, other works such as Twelve Seconds To The Moon and Songs of Sailor and Sea are available as recorded by other artists.  Visit Apple's online iTunes store and search for "Robert W. Smith" or specific song titles.  Other recordings, such as the third CD entitled The Odyssey are available at










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