Sean Smith

Sean Smith

Sean Smith is in his fifth year as the Director of Bands at A.C. Reynolds High School in 
Asheville, North Carolina.  Smith is a native of Hendersonville NC, and was a graduate of West Henderson High School.  After high school, Smith earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Mars Hill College in 1997.  Mr. Smith began his teaching career at J.F. Webb High School in Oxford, N.C.  where he taught for two years and then became the Director of Bands at East Henderson High School in East Flat Rock, N.C. for twelve years.  In 2002, Mr. Smith received his Masters of Music Education with a concentration in band directing from Appalachian State University.

            Ensembles offered at A.C. Reynolds include the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, various small ensembles, and the A.C. Reynolds High School Marching Rockets Band.  These ensembles have performed numerous concerts and have participated in festivals throughout the United States and North Carolina earning only excellent and superior ratings in adjudicated festivals. 

            A.C. Reynolds band students have been participants in the Western District All-District Bands, the North Carolina Honors Band, the Army All-American Marching Band and many different Honor bands throughout the United States.  Graduates of the A.C. Reynolds band program are currently furthering their musical careers at various colleges and universities around the country.  Some graduates have gone on to music careers in teaching, performance, and even the recording industry.

            Mr. Smith has served as a department chair for the Fine Arts department.  He has been contest site host for the Western Region Orchestra Festival and the Buncombe County All-County Band Clinic.  Smith is active as a clinician and guest conductor.  Mr. Smith holds professional memberships in the Music Educators National Conference, the North Carolina Music Educators Association, the North Carolina Band Masters Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda.  He was named Teacher of the Year for East Henderson High School during the 2006-2007 school year, and has been nominated for "Who's Who Among American Teachers" for the past seven years.  In 2007, Smith was awarded the Western North Carolina Band Masters Associations Award of Excellence.  In 2009, Smith was inducted into the American School Band Directors Association.

Smith has been happily married to his wife Kim for eighteen years, and they are the proud parents of their twelve year old daughter Ella and nine year old son Alex.  

            I have always believed in my student’s ability.  I faked my way through band class through my ninth grade year, and at that point one of my teachers really took an interest in my success.  Therefore, I will always believe and work with a student that has the desire to become a better musician.  I hope that when my students graduate they take with them a life long love of music.