B i o g r a p h y
Daniel F. Smith, a Colorado native, is a graduate of Colorado State University in Fort Collins where he completed his Masters of Music Education degree, Summa Cum Laude, and the Colorado Teaching Certification program. A musician for over eighteen years, his journey began with the electric bass at the age of twelve, progressed to extensive study of the double bass, and lead finally to conducting large ensembles, music theatre, and opera. Known for his eclectic taste in music, he has performed with and conducted symphony orchestras, music theatre pit orchestras, chamber groups, jazz ensembles, wind symphonies, percussion ensembles, choral groups, popular music ensembles, and has even toured the United States with a metal band.
As a soldier in the 101st Army Band since 2007, SSG Smith has served as the Principal Bassist of the Concert Band, Jazz Combo, Mile High 101 Rock Ensemble, and earned the prestigious C1 additional skill identifier for exceptional ability on both the electric and double bass upon the completion of the Advanced Leaders Course. Passionate about music education, he is currently the Director of Orchestras at Lucile Erwin Middle School in Loveland, where he is building a solid musical foundation for string students in Northern Colorado. Prior to graduating, he taught at Colorado State University as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Departments of Music Education, Jazz Studies, and Music Appreciation.