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Memoir

H. Dennis Smith
Regents' Proceedings 127

H. Dennis Smith, professor of music (trombone), retired from active faculty status on May 31, 2000.

Professor Smith received his B.M. degree in music education from the University of Southern California in 1960. He held teaching positions at Brigham Young University and the University of Utah (1964-68), the Music Academy of the West-Santa Barbara (1965-68), California Institute for the Arts (1971-74), California State College-Fullerton (1973-74), Western Washington University (1974-79), and California State University-Northridge (1979-80). He joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1980 as an associate professor and was promoted to professor in 1986. Before joining the faculty at the University of Michigan, Professor Smith held posts as principal trombonist with the Utah Symphony Orchestra (1964-68), Detroit Symphony Orchestra (1968-71), and the Los Angeles Philharmonic (1971-74). He is a former member of the Los Angeles Brass Quintet, the University of Utah Brass Quintet, Symphonic Metamorphosis (London Records), the Brass Arts Trio (University of Puget Sound), and the Second City Chamber Series of Tacoma, Washington, and he was founder and former member of the Brass Arts Quintet of New York. He was the principal trombonist with the Toledo Symphony from 1982 until his retirement, performing over 40 concerts yearly.

Professor Smith was an exceptional and valuable teacher and mentor, able to attract high quality students who were well trained musically and technically. Throughout his years at Michigan, Professor Smith shared his talent by performing at numerous high schools and community colleges in Michigan and Ohio. He was recognized as an excellent musician and recording artist, whose most recent recording is "The All American Trombone." Professor Smith was an exceptional colleague, a leader nationally in the development of trombone repertoire, and a contributing member of the School of Music community. The Regents now salute this faculty member by naming H. Dennis Smith professor emeritus of music (trombone).