Northern Arizona University
Donald Smith has been a residential faculty member of Glendale Community college (Arizona) since 2000 and is currently serving as the Chair of the Performing Arts Department.
Dr. Smith earned his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in trumpet performance from Arizona State University and his Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from California State University, Chico where he studied both classical and jazz performance techniques. His primary teachers included David Hickman, Richard Winslow, Grant Wolf, and Vincent Prudente. In the early 1990s, Dr. Smith collected many of the manuscripts, photos, recordings, and personal items from famed trumpeter, Rafael Mendez's home in Southern California and helped establish the Rafael Mendez Library at Arizona State University. He later published an annotated catalog of many of the items in the library. Other publications include a rock music text book, Here to Stay: Rock & Roll through the 70s, of which he has sold over 5,000 copies and music reviews for the International Trumpet Guild Journal.
In addition to performing with the Phoenix Chamber Brass, Dr. Smith frequently performs with the Arizona Opera, West Valley Symphony, the Ted Goddard Jazz 10tet, and his quartet, JazzWest. He has performed often with the Phoenix Symphony, Phoenix Opera, Mesa Symphony, and Chico Symphony orchestras. Recently, Dr. Smith was co-principal trumpet of the American Festival Orchestra's tour of ten cities in eastern China.