Joe Smyth is an accomplished educator, performer, and recording
For the past 30 years, he has been a founding
and continuing member of the group Sawyer Brown, recording 24 albums on Capitol and Curb Records. Four of these are
certified 'Gold' with total sales in excess of 6 million copies. Traveling 12
months a year with Sawyer Brown, Smyth has performed 4000-plus concerts
throughout the 50 states, Canada, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and
the PDR of China.
In 2005, Smyth co-founded
the Matrix Percussion Trio which has presented over
75 educational programs in the Nashville area for more than 30,000 school
children and master classes and concerts for the Tennessee Arts Academy,
Belmont University, and the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University.
Smyth has also performed with the Portland
(ME) Symphony, the Maine Summer Opera Orchestra, the Brookline (MA) Symphony,
the Florida Philharmonic, the Miami Pops Orchestra, and the Nashville Symphony.
With the group Sawyer Brown, Smyth’s awards
include six consecutive Nashville Network/Music City News “Group of the Year”
Awards, the Country Music Association Horizon Award, the Academy of Country
Music “Group of the Year” Award, three Country Music Television “Video Group of
the Year” Awards, and American Music Award and Grammy Award nominations.
Smyth holds the Master of Music degree in
Applied Percussion and Music Composition, summa cum laude, from the University
of Miami, where he studied with Fred Wickstrom and taught as a percussion
graduate assistant. His Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition is from
the Berklee College of Music, where his principal teachers were Dean Anderson,
Ed Saindon, and Alan Dawson.
Smyth is in his tenth year on the faculty of
Brentwood Academy (Nashville, Tennessee), where he teaches percussion, drumset,
and conducts percussion ensembles. He is founder and director of “The
Preemptors” Junior Fife and Drum Corps, dedicated to the performance of the
military music of the American Revolution. He is a Pearl Drum artist, and
endorses Zildjian cymbals, Innovative Percussion, Evans drumheads, and