Derek Smith

Guest Conductor

DEREK SMITH received his earliest musical training from his father, Sydney Smith, at the London, Hendon Corps of the Salvation Army. From 1944 until 1972 Derek was a cornet soloist playing with such notable bands as the famous Rosehill Band and the New York Staff Band. During that period of time he was a solo cornetist in the Royal Horse Guards from 1946 to 1952. Before entering military service, he studied for a short time at the Trinity College of Music in London.

In 1956 he migrated to Canada with his wife Gwen and first child Philip and in 1959 moved to New York City. Derek took the baton of the New York Staff Band in 1972 and remained it's Music Director for 14 very successful years including a world tour in 1982 and many LP recordings.

Derek is known for his elegant style as a cornet soloist, his beautifully shaped phrasing, rhythmic subtleties and tender sweet melodic interpretations. Erik Leidzen composed his significant cornet composition "Songs In The Heart" for Derek which was premiered at Royal Albert Hall and featured throughout England while on tour in 1960. Mr. Smith recently came out of retirement to again take the baton, this time with Imperial Brass, sharing the conducting on "Bone-A Fide Brass" a new CD with soloist Joesph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic, proving once again that he is the consummate musician.