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Dan Smith – from Santa Clara, California

Mr. Dan Smith, a long-time Musician, Educator & Adjudicator, holds a BA from San Jose’ State University an MA from the University of Northern Colorado.

He is nationally known as an Arranger, Visual Designer, Clinician, Instructor, and as a Band Director – with his own Bands having performed a number of times in such nationally-televised events as the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, the Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl in Miami, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It was during his tenure as Director of Bands that his Independence High School 76th Cavalry Band from San Jose’, California won the 1981 Bands of America National Championship.

Mr. Smith has now been involved in Music & Pageantry for over 60 years, and has over 50 years experience as an Adjudicator & Adjudication Administrator for Orchestra, Concert Band, Marching Band, Drum & Bugle Corps, Winter Guard, Percussion, Winds and Solo & Ensemble Festivals & Competitions throughout the United States & Canada (including the World Championships for both DCI & WGI). He is a co-founder of the Western Band Association. And he is the Music Caption Chair for CSBC.

Mr. Smith is currently the Music Department Coordinator at Ohlone College in Fremont, California. He continues to be an active performer on French Horn & Tenor Horn in several major Bay Area musical ensembles. He is a Charter Member and former Instructor of the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps. And he was recently inducted into the SCV Hall of Fame.

Mr. Smith is a US Air Force Veteran and a proud father and grandfather, with one of his sons recently retired after serving 20 years in the US Navy, and his other son and daughter-in-law both currently serving in the US Air Force.