Nominated by Ed Kimbrough and Brian McMath
Tommy Smith has represented NCMEA from 1970 until present day. His groups have participated on the state and national level, performing and placing within MBA (now BOA) as well as performing at the state convention. His groups consistently received superior ratings at MPA festival for many years. He has served as Chairman of CDBA and was honored with its Band Director of the Year and the Award of Excellence awards. Mr. Smith has been a longtime member of ASBDA. He hosted many All-State Honors Band Auditions and Central District Clinics.
After retiring, he has continued to help music education to grow. He has served as the Executive Administrator for the NCBA Marching Band Committee since its inception. He continues to serve as a guest clinician for all-county bands and clinic rehearsals to help groups prepare for MPA. He continues to judge marching band festivals and is a strong music educator even after fourteen years of retirement. It is time he is recognized for his over 40 years of service to the students of North Carolina.