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December, 16, 2021
04:30 PM - 05:45 PM


W 196


Collegiate Jazz Ensemble


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Jason Smith



Performer Details

Performer Bio Synopsis


The University of Arkansas at Monticello Jazz One

Conductor's Bio

A native of Calhoun, Louisiana, Mr. Jason Smith brings a dynamic passion to the trumpet and to music education. Mr. Smith distinguished himself as a professional trumpet player with the United States Air Force Band. A valued asset to the military and the band career field for over ten years, Mr. Smith traveled to over 25 states and 5 international countries, touring as a lead trumpet player and soloist for various concert, rock and big bands. Mr. Jason Smith’s extensive knowledge in the big band genre led to his appointment as the musical director for the USAF Band of the West’s “Dimensions in Blue”. Under his musical leadership, Mr. Smith’s programming and drive towards a fresh, contemporary sound enhanced the ensemble’s musical product to become comparable to the nation’s finest big bands. Mr. Smith has also become a requested clinician among many high school and college level big bands, and has taught privately through the Northside School District in San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Smith has performed with the renowned United States Air Force Band “Airmen of Note”, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Dave Stall, Eddie Daniels, Eric Ewazen, Dwayne O’ Brien, The Miracles, The Food Network, The International Trumpet Guild, The Dayton Jazz Orchestra, The San Antonio Jazz Orchestra, and The Vintage 15. Mr. Smith’s musical talents can be heard on numerous musical recordings ranging from Big Band, Classical and Christian Worship. Mr. Smith holds a BA in Jazz Studies and a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from The University of Arkansas at Monticello. Mr. Smith teaches trumpet and is the director of the prestigious Jazz One at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.