Dave (Smitty) Smith - Trombonist, arranger, composer

Dave Smith (call him "Smitty") grew up in Downers Grove, Illinois where he developed an early interest in music. While enrolled in the Jazz Studies program at Northern Illinois University, he performed in a variety of Jazz, Blues, Disco and Rock bands in the greater Chicago area. He later joined the U.S. Air Force Band as lead and solo trombonist, touring across the Midwest performing at events ranging from high schools to jazz festivals including performances with Count Basie Orchestra and backing up Dizzy Gillespie. Next came two years at UW-Stevens Point where he completed his music degree. During that time he met up and performed with the inimitable guitarist, Greg Koch, in the group, "Cold Shot".

Since 1988, Smitty has freelanced in SE Wisconsin as a trombonist and arranger including 13 years with the "Booze Brothers Showband and Revue", "Big Bob and the Ballroom Blitz", "The Temperments" and most recently, "Cold Sweat and the Brew City Horns".

With recent resurgence of swing dance/music he performs with and arranges for many groups including "Swing Nouveau", "Airmen of Swing", "Mr. Lucky", "All Star Superband", and the "Swingomatics".

When providing his bio for this web site, Smitty inserted, "Is this enough, or did you need more stuff about being a frustrated Chicago sports fan!!!!!!"

 
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