Nick Smith is a graduate student at the University of Michigan where he is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Wind Conducting. Prior to his time at Michigan, Nick served as the Assistant Director and Director of Bands at Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He led performances at the Alabama Music Educator’s convention, the Music for All National Concert Band Festival, and the University of Alabama Honor Band Festival, while maintaining consistent “Superior with Distinction” ratings at Alabama’s annual Music Performance Assessment with the premier performing ensemble at the school. Additionally, he was named an honorary conductor of the “Children’s Palace Band” in Beijing, China, a band which he has conducted on three separate occasions.
Nick earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Auburn University in Auburn, AL, where he was also the recipient of the school’s "Outstanding Undergraduate Student" award. Nick was recently married (June 2015) to his beautiful bride Courtney, and looks forward to experiencing the next chapter in his life with her in the wonderful Michigan weather!