Robert W. Smith (musician)

Robert Winston. Smith (born October 24, 1958) is an American composer, arranger, and teacher.


Smith was born in Daleville, Alabama on October 24, 1958.[1] He attended high school in Daleville, after which he left for Troy State University, where he played lead trumpet in the Sound of the South Marching Band.[2] 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. He was soon hired by Columbia Pictures Publications and later Warner Bros./Belwin Publications.[3] Smith's career with Warner Bros. continued until 2005, when it was bought out by Alfred Music Publishing.[4]

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.[2] In 2001, he left Troy to take a more full-time position with Warner Brothers Publications. His position with Warner while away from Troy took 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 Quixote" were nominated for the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards for Contemporary Classical Album.[5] However, they did not win any awards.

He is now the coordinator of the Music Industry program in Troy State University as well as the Vice-President of Product Development for the C. L. Barnhouse Company and Walking Frog Records.[3]


Currently, Smith has over 700 published works, including three symphonies.

In 2011, Smith composed a piece in memory of Mary Jo Leahey and it was premiered at the Mary Jo Leahey Symphonic Band Camp at University of Massachusetts Lowell on July 21, 2012. The piece is entitled, Earhart: Sounds of Courage, and reflects the bravery of Amelia Earhart as she attempted to fly around the world in 1937. It was commissioned by Deb Huber, associate director of bands at UMass Lowell.

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. 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).

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 middle section of "To the Summit" is an arrangement of the Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity Hymn.

Other work

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. 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. From 2011-2014 he arranged for the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2013 He began writing for the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps. Through the 2014 season, lists 42 corps from the USA, Canada, Great Britain, and the Netherlands that have performed Smith's compositions.[7]

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.[3] 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. 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.

List of original compositions

  • Symphony No. 1, The Divine Comedy
    • Movement One: The Inferno
    • Movement Two: Purgatorio
    • Movement Three: The Ascension
    • Movement Four: Paradiso
  • Symphony No. 2, The Odyssey
    • Movement One: The Iliad
    • Movement Two: The Winds of Poseidon
    • Movement Three: The Isle of Calypso
    • Movement Four: Ithaca
  • Symphony No.3, Don Quixote
    • Movement One:The Quest
    • Movement Two: Dulcinea
    • Movement Three: Sancho and the Windmills
    • Movement Four: The Illumination
  • A Christmas Proclamation
  • Abominable Snowman Chase
  • Affirmation Overture
  • Africa: Ceremony, Song and Ritual
  • African Bell Carol
  • Ain't No Stoppin' Us!
  • American Flourish
  • American Landscape #1 (Lake Township, Ohio)
  • American Landscape #2 (North Bay Vistas)
  • American Landscape # 3 (Southwest Summer)
  • An American Christmas
  • A Nation's Strength ( ... And Lift Them to the Sky)
  • And The Nations Rejoice
  • Apollo Fanfare
  • Appalachian Folk Dance
  • Ash Lawn Echoes
  • At Daybreak
  • At the Crossroads
  • Barrage
  • Benjamin Franklin and the Art of Music
  • Be Still, My Soul
  • Bells
  • Brazil: Ceremony, Song, and Samba
  • Buffalo Dances
  • By Loch and Mountain
  • Cameroon w/Michael Story
  • Can You Feel The Beat?
  • Celebration
  • Celtic Bell Carol
  • Celtic Carol
  • Ceremonium
  • Chautauqua
  • Christmas Declaration
  • Christmas in the Round
  • Commemoration
  • Concert Band Clinic
  • Covenant
  • Crown of Glory
  • Crush
  • Currents
  • Dance Celebration
  • Danza
  • Danza Del Fuego
  • Declaration in Blue
  • Developing Band Clinic
  • Discovery 1492 (Suite)
    • Isabella, The Queen of Spain (Movement I)
    • Voyage of the Tall Ships (Movement II)
    • The New Land: A Celebration (Movement III)
  • Dramatico
  • Dreams
  • Drummer's Christmas Carol
  • Dueling Dragons
  • Earhart: Sounds of Courage
  • Elephas Maximus
  • El Espíritu de Valencia
  • Encanto
  • Eternal Peaks
  • Evening Alleluias
  • Fanfare and Processional on an Old English Carol
  • Fanfare for Tomorrow (From the Threads of Our Past, the Fabric of Our Future)
  • Fanfare on an Old French Carol
  • Fiesta La Vida
  • First Band Clinic
  • Freya: Goddess of Beauty and Love
  • Furioso
  • Gemeinhardt Suite
  • Glorioso
  • Groovin' Down Cool Street
  • Hadrian's Wall
  • Holiday Bells Are Ringing
  • Holiday Fanfare
  • Hoosier Suite
    • March Numeric (Movement I)
    • Modal Dance (Movement II)
    • Fanfare and Chant (Movement III)
  • Herndon Exaltations (A Celebration of Excellence)
  • Hymnsong Variants
  • Incantations
  • Inchon
  • Into the Storm
  • Invincible
  • Ireland: Of Legend and Lore
  • Jefferson: A Vision for America
  • Jingle Bells Forever
  • Journeys in Time
  • King of Kings
  • Knights of the Royal Realm
  • Kronos
  • Latin Bell Carol
  • Legacy
  • Legend of the Queen Anne's Revenge
  • Liturgical Fanfare
  • Lullaby for Band

  • March of the Magical Toys
  • Mekong
  • Mirages
  • Montevista
  • Monument
    • To Touch the Sky
    • Cloud Dances
    • Colorado Dreams
    • Pioneer Spirit and Celebration
  • Morpheus
  • Moto Continuo
  • Mystere
  • Mysterioso
  • Navarro
  • Nocturnal Dances
  • Northwoods: Of Might and Mettle
  • On Eagle's Wings
  • On the Rising Winds
  • Patriots on Parade
  • Portsmouth Overture
  • Prevailing Winds
  • Procession of Heroes w/Michael Story
  • Proclamation
  • Proclamation and Procession
  • Prologue w/Michael Story
  • Promising Skies
  • Provenance
  • Push
  • Quintilian
  • Relativo
  • Repercussions
  • Rising Dragons
  • Rites of Tamburo
  • Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow
  • Rockin' Ol' St. Nick w/Michael Story
  • Rythmos
  • Santa's Wild Ride
  • Screamin'
  • Semper Liberi (We Will Always Be Free)
  • Sensei's Ride On The Cherry Blossom Express
  • Serengeti Dreams
  • Soaring through Ionian Skies
  • Solaris
  • Songs of Earth, Water, Fire and Sky
  • Songs of Sailor and Sea
  • Spirit of the Winds
  • Surge
  • Swarm
  • Symphonic Band Clinic
  • Symphonic Festival
  • Symphonic Statement
  • Tangents for Strings
  • Tanoan Echoes
  • Tap Roots
  • Teutonic Tales (Suite for tuba solo with piano accompaniment)
    • Demon Dance
    • Freya
    • Thor's Hammer
  • The Children's Carols
  • The Hunt With Belle Meade
  • The Gathering of the Yeomen
  • The Great Locomotive Chase
  • The Great Steamboat Race
  • The Maelstrom
  • The Magic In Your Eyes
  • The Phantom Herd Across The Western Sky
  • The Recession Depression Holiday Blues
  • The Runaway Sleigh
  • The Second Storm
  • The Sound and the Fury
  • The Spirit of Orpheus
  • The Star of Dreams
  • The Swarm (A Battle Won With Hornets)
  • The Sword of Kings
  • The Symphony of Souls
  • The Trail of Dreams
  • The Tempest
  • The Willson Suite
    • Tronad (Movement I)
    • In a Gentle Rain (Movement II) (also published separately)
    • Hurricane (Movement III)
  • Three Faces of Kilimanjaro (Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira)
  • Three Fanfares for a Celebration
    • Celebrations Fanfare
    • Festive Fanfare
    • Dedicatory Fanfare
  • Through the Vulcan's Eye
  • To Challenge the Sky and Heavens Above
  • To Conquer The Kraken
  • To Dance in the Fields of Glory
  • To Dance in the Secret Garden
  • To The Max (On The Truck)
  • To the Summit! (Strive for the Highest)
  • Triton Fanfare
  • 'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime'
  • Twelve Seconds to the Moon
  • Twilight Is Falling
  • Ultimatum
  • Valiance (A Heroic Overture for Band)
  • Variant on an Old English Carol
  • Vaughan Williams Suite
    • Wassail (Movement I)
    • Greensleeves: A Fantasia for Band (Movement II)
    • Declaration and Flourish (Movement III)
  • Warm-Ups for Outdoor Winds and Percussion
  • When Summer Takes Flight
  • Where the Black Hawk Soars
  • Winged Victory
  • Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus


  1. "Robert W. Smith". C.L.Barnhouse C. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
  2. 1 2 "A Brief History of the Sound of the South". Troy University. Retrieved April 24, 2015.
  3. 1 2 3 "JOHN M. LONG SCHOOL OF MUSIC Faculty/staff". Troy University. Retrieved April 24, 2015.
  4. Alfred to acquire Warner Publishing. AllBusiness. February 1, 2005
  5. "Album Nominees : 8th Annual Independent Music Awards". MUSIC RESOURCE GROUP LLC. Retrieved April 24, 2015.
  6. Robert Smith Bio. Retrieved on 2011-11-09.
  7. "Composer Search Results (Enter search for) Smith, Robert W.". Mayer Associates, Inc. Retrieved April 24, 2015.

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