Jeffrey Smith graduated from Norwalk (CT) High School, Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education, Western Connecticut State University with a Master of Science in Music Education, and numerous additional graduate credits from University of Bridgeport, Massachusetts College, New England College, and Fitchburg State University. Mr. Smith recently retired from the Norwalk Public Schools for thirty–four years where he taught instrumental music at Ponus Ridge Middle School (1975–1977), Brien McMahon High School (1977–1982), and Norwalk High School (1982–2010). He served as Music Department Chairperson at Norwalk High School from 1986 until his retirement. Mr. Smith was a lecturer at Western Connecticut State University from 2005 until 2011.
Mr. Smith is a member of the Connecticut Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, National Band Association, American School Band Directors Association, International Association of Jazz Educators, American Federation of Teachers, Norwalk Federation of Teachers, Musical Arts Conference, and Phi Beta MU. He has served as Western Region Director, Student Affairs Commission Chairperson, and President of the Connecticut Music Educators Association. He has regularly guest conducted on the middle school and high school levels in concert band and jazz ensemble in the Eastern, Northern, and Southern Regions of CMEA and NYSSMA in Westchester County. In addition, he is one of the founding members and past president of the Musical Arts Conference. He currently serves as a staff member and drill writer for the University of New Hampshire Wildcat Marching Band. His is also co-director of the Drum Major Track at the Summer Youth Music School at UNH.
The Norwalk High School Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Open Guard, Scholastic A Guard, Winter Percussion, and Marching Band have consistently received superior ratings on the competitive level. The ensembles annually perform an average of seventy concerts per academic year. They have traveled to the Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Citrus Bowl, Sports Champs Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Cherry Blossom Festival, Mardi Gras, World’s Fair, IAJE National Conference, CMEA Conference, Eastern MENC Conference, Bands of America Regional/Grand National Championships, Berklee College of Music Jazz Festival, Villanova University Jazz Festival, Winter Guard International Regional/National Championships, Winter Guard International Regional Championships, Percussive Arts Society, Musical Arts Conference championships for Marching Band, Winter Guard, and Winter Percussion, among others.