Prof. Sean D. Smith

Assistant Director of Athletic Bands 



A native Illinoisan, Sean Smith is the Assistant Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Illinois. He recently completed his Master of Music degree at Illinois. Before attending Illinois, Sean completed a year of coursework at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. He has six years of public school teaching experience as Director of Bands in the Conneaut Area City Schools in Conneaut, Ohio. While in Conneaut, Sean taught bands from fifth grade through high school, directed the Conneaut High School Marching Band, and developed the music technology, guitar, and piano courses offered by the high school.

Before teaching Sean studied at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music in Berea, Ohio and received a Bachelor of Music Education. Sean received much conducting experience at Baldwin Wallace as Conducting Apprentice for the Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble and student conductor for the Brass Choir and the l(a Contemporary Ensemble. Sean’s professional experiences include being the Music Director of the Euclid Civic Orchestra and working as a National Director for Bugles Across America.

In August of 2015, The Instrumentalist Magazine published an article Sean authored titled “The Ideal Marching Schedule.” He had previously presented on the topic at the Ohio Music Education Association State Conference and at the Whalen Symposium at Ithaca College.

Working with composer Michael Markowski, Sean led a consortium to commission an wind octet, titled "Machiavelli's Conscience," that was premiered in April 2017. A departure for the usual format of fundraising, the consortium raised money through online crowdsourcing and mostly consisted of individual donors.