Sean Dennison Smith nearly quit band in eighth grade. Going into high school he was presented with a choice between marching band and football and he selected marching band. It was the best decision he ever made.
Sean is pursuing a doctorate in conducting at Ball State University. He previously served as the Assistant Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Illinois. He became very involved with the integration of marketing into band programs and exploring innovative concert programming. Growing up in the Chicago suburbs, he has strong influences from his Puerto Rican heritage with a Midwestern personality.
He completed his Master of Music degree in Conducting at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign, IL). Before attending Illinois, Sean completed a year of coursework at Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY). He has six years of public school teaching experience as Director of Bands in the Conneaut Area City Schools (Conneaut, OH). Sean taught bands from fifth grade through high school and directed the Conneaut High School Marching Band. To reach a broader student population he developed music technology, guitar, and piano courses at the high school.
Sean earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music (Berea, OH). He received conducting experience there as the Conducting Apprentice for the Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble. He was student conductor for the Brass Choir and the “l(a Contemporary Ensemble.”
Sean has been published in The Instrumentalist magazine. He has presented clinics at the Ohio Music Education Association conference and New York State Band Director’s Association summer conference. His professional experiences include Music Director of the Euclid Civic Orchestra and National Director for Bugles Across America.