Biography

Robert W. Smith (1958-2023) is one of the most popular and prolific composers in America today. He has over 600 publications in print with the majority composed and arranged through his long association with Warner Bros. Publications and the Belwin catalog.

Mr. Smith’s credits include many compositions and productions in all areas of the music field. His original works for winds and percussion have been programmed by countless military, university, high school, and middle school bands throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, South America and Asia. His Symphony #1 (The Divine Comedy), Symphony #2 (The Odyssey), Symphony #3 (Don Quixote), Inchon and Africa: Ceremony, Song and Ritual have received worldwide critical acclaim. His educational compositions such as The Tempest, Encanto, and The Great Locomotive Chase have become standards for developing bands throughout the world.

Mr. Smith’s music has received extensive airplay on major network television as well as inclusion in multiple motion pictures. From professional ensembles such as the United States Navy Band, United States Air Force Band, Boston Pops and the Atlanta Symphony to school bands and orchestras throughout the world, his music speaks to audiences in any concert setting. As a conductor, clinician and keynote speaker, Mr. Smith has performed throughout North America, Asia, South America, Europe and Australia. His music has been recorded by various ensembles and is available on CD and download through iTunes, Amazon, and other recorded music outlets.

Mr. Smith is the President/CEO of RWS Music Company, exclusively distributed through Alfred Music. In addition, he is currently teaching in the Music Industry program at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. His teaching responsibilities are focused in music composition, production, publishing and business.

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Featured Works/Titles

  • Stone Gardens

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Concert / Festival

  • Celtic Holy Night

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Holiday

  • The Blue Window

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Concert / Festival

  • Developing Band Warm-Up

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Warm Up

  • The Great Train Record

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Concert / Festival

  • Happy Birthday To You

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Holiday

  • In The Bleak Midwinter

    By: Robert W. Smith, Susan L. Smith & Robert W. Smith, Susan L. Smith

    Concert / Festival

  • Hot As Blue Blazes

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Light / Novelty

  • Suite of Appalachian Folk Songs

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Concert / Festival

  • Beyond The Bell Carol

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Holiday

  • Flight Of The Dragonfly

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Light / Novelty

  • Scaling The Mountains Of Time

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Concert / Festival

  • Red

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Concert / Festival

  • A Minor Holiday Celebration

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Holiday

  • Gentle Winds Of Spring

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Lyrical

  • A Minor Holiday Celebration

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Holiday

  • Red

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Concert / Festival

  • A Legacy Of Hope

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Concert / Festival

  • Christmas Spectacle

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Holiday

  • Scarborough Fair

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Lyrical

  • Blue

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Lyrical

  • Swing (Mvt 3 from American Dances)

    By: Robert W. Smith

  • Wind Song

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Lyrical

  • A Mother’s Hymn

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Lyrical

  • Christmas Encore

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Holiday

  • Portals

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Concert / Festival

  • Heal

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Concert / Festival

  • Tromba Grande

    By: Robert W. Smith

  • Race Against Time

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Concert / Festival

  • A Mother’s Hymn

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Concert / Festival

  • The Prairie Is My Garden

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Concert / Festival

  • Blue

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Lyrical

  • Fire!

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Concert / Festival

  • Yellow

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Concert / Festival

  • Aces

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Concert / Festival

  • Beginning Band Warm-Up

    By: Robert W. Smith, Susan L. Smith

    Warm Up

  • Fanfare Fantastique

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Openers / Fanfares

  • A Mother’s Hymn

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Lyrical

  • Christmas A La Mode

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Holiday

  • Gullah Ring Shout

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Light / Novelty

  • Summer Nights

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Concert / Festival

  • Brazilian Bell Carol

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Holiday

  • Elfie Stick

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Holiday

  • Blues For Santa

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Holiday

  • Full Throttle

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Concert / Festival

  • Flying Fortress

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Openers / Fanfares

  • To Protect And Serve

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Concert / Festival

  • The Royal Hawaiian

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Marches / Galops

  • Eternal Father, Strong to Save

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Lyrical

  • African Holy Night

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Holiday

  • Square (Mvt 2 from American Dances)

    By: Robert W. Smith

  • Firestorm

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Concert / Festival

  • Soaring Over High And Low Country

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Concert / Festival

  • African Holy Night

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Holiday

  • America- My Country ‘Tis of Thee

    By: Robert W. Smith, Susan L. Smith

    Lyrical

  • Square

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Light / Novelty

  • Herald The Holidays

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Holiday

  • Swing (Mvt 3. From “American Dances”)

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Light / Novelty

  • Olde English Carol

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Holiday

  • The Music Lesson

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Concert / Festival

  • The Greatest Generation

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Concert / Festival

  • Rag (Mvt 1 from American Dances)

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Light / Novelty

  • Blue

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Lyrical

  • The Dance

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Concert / Festival

  • Keys to Success: Sonority and Technique

    By: Robert W. Smith, Brian P. Dell, Jeffrey L. Traster

    Warm Up

  • The Greatest Generation (for concert band)

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Concert / Festival

  • When Saint Nick Goes Marching In (A New Orleans Holiday Celebration)

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Holiday

  • Yellow

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Concert / Festival

  • Mutations

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Concert / Festival

  • Hope

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Lyrical

  • I Saw Santa Dance The Samba On His Sleigh

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Holiday

  • A Minor Holiday Celebration

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Holiday

  • The Wayfaring Stranger (Mvt. 1 from The American Folk Odyssey)

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Concert / Festival

  • African Holy Night

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Holiday

  • Rag (MVT I from American Dances)

    By: Robert W. Smith

  • Happy Birthday To You

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Holiday

  • Heavenly Peace

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Holiday

  • Tuba Christmas

    By: Robert W. Smith

    Holiday