The music world is in mourning as it bids farewell to the legendary American composer, Robert W. Smith, who passed away on September 22, 2023. Robert W. Smith’s contributions to the world of music are immeasurable, and his passing has left a void that will be felt for generations to come.
Robert W. Smith Early Life & Education
Robert W. Smith was born on October 24, 1958, in Daleville, Alabama. His journey into the world of music started when he was in his high school years when he played the principal trumpet in the Sound of the South Marching Band. It was at Troy State University where he honed his musical talents and had the opportunity to study composition under the guidance of Paul Yoder.
Robert W. Smith Career
Smith’s career in music was nothing short of illustrious. In 1997, he returned to Troy, Alabama, as the Director of Bands at Troy State University, following in the footsteps of his predecessor, Dr. Long. During his four-year tenure at Troy, he directed both the Sound of the South Marching Band and the Symphony Band. Smith’s commitment to music education was evident in his role as an educator, where he not only taught music but also inspired countless students with his passion and expertise.
Smith’s influence extended far beyond the confines of the university. His association with Warner Brothers Publications allowed him to travel the world as a guest conductor and clinician, working with various ensembles, including the New Mexico All-State Small School band.
Robert W. Smith Compositions
Robert W. Smith’s compositions are a testament to his creativity and mastery of musical artistry. He published about 600 compositions during his career, including three symphonies: “The Divine Comedy,” inspired by Dante’s epic, “The Odyssey,” based on the Greek epic, and “Don Quixote,” drawing inspiration from Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’s timeless work. His music was a reflection of his deep appreciation for literature and history.
Robert W. Smith Death News
The news of Robert W. Smith’s passing reverberated throughout the music community, with colleagues, students, and friends expressing their grief and sharing heartfelt tributes. John Harcus, one of Smith’s former college band directors, acknowledged him as a legend in the band world and offered prayers for comfort to Smith’s family.
W Dale Warren and his wife, Donna, highlighted Smith’s positive impact and remembered him as a devoted teacher, professional, and loving father.