Dr. J. B. Smith is Emeritus Professor of Music in the School of Music at Arizona State University where he was the Coordinator of Percussion Studies. He is internationally recognized as a performer, composer, educator and conductor.
He was director of
the ASU Contemporary Percussion Ensemble that was featured
in performances at the 1991, 2002 and 2006 Percussive
Arts Society International Conventions. As a member
of the Desert's Edge Clarinet-Percussion Duo with Dr.
Robert Spring, Dr. Smith performed at the Music Educator's
National Conference in 1994 and the 1992, 1995, 2002, 2004
and 2013 Clarinet Fest International Conferences. He
served as principal percussionist with Ensemble 21, a
contemporary music group under the direction of Arthur
Weisberg, and as principal percussionist with The Daniel
Lentz Group which performed at the Interlink Festival in
Los Angeles, the Bang on a Can Festival in New York and
the Festival Musica Visual in Lanzarote, Canary Islands.
He has also recorded and performed with the
internationally acclaimed Summit Brass and Phoenix
Symphony Orchestra. He has recorded for Koch, Summit,
Centaur, Rhizome Sketch, Fontec, Leo, Canyon Records and
Whole>Sum Productions. His CDs Apparitions for
Percussion, First Reflections and At
the Desert's Edge are available from jbsmithmusic.com.
His EPs Percussion
Solo 2011 and LIVE Chamber Music, are available
He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor University where he studied with Dr. Larry Vanlandingham, his Master of Music in Percussion Performance and Literature degree from the University of Illinois where he studied with Prof. Thomas Siwe and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas where he studied with Dr. Robert Schietroma. Previously, Dr. Smith was on the music faculties of Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas and Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. He has written articles for The Instrumentalist, The Canadian Band Journal and Percussive Notes and served as president of the Arizona chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. In 1995, he hosted the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Phoenix.
Dr. Smith is active as a composer, with numerous works published by C. Alan Publications and jbsmithmusic.com. He has also written computer programs to help students improve their sightreading and rhythm skills (First Flash and Flash Tracker are available through jbsmithmusic.com) and software to allow percussionists to easily interact with digital media.
As a clinician, he has appeared at the Music Educator's National Conference, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and over 100 colleges and universities in North America, Asia and Europe. Dr. Smith proudly endorses Pearl Drums, Adams Percussion, Zildjian Cymbals, Remo Inc, Mike Balter Mallets, and Grover Pro Percussion.