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2013 Iowa Bandmasters Conference to Feature Iowa Central's Jeremy Smith

    by Jennifer Condon
    Posted on 6/3/2013

The 2013 Iowa Bandmasters Conference will feature Iowa Central's Jeremy Smith in his clinic: "Quality Practice over Quantity – Back to the Practice Pad: Demonstration and Interaction.” The clinic details follow.

It’s easier for brand-new students to incorporate technical material since they haven’t had the chance to develop poor or unhealthy habits.  Frustration sets in for band directors when literature is introduced (contest, concert, marching band) to students in later years that don’t “have the chops”. 

Participants will first review the fulcrum used in creating the rebound stroke.  This clinic will also visit the “perfect practice makes perfect” concept in relation to a few of the rudiment families (roll, paradiddle, drag, flam) using the “Lifetime Warmup”.  Other methods and books will be discussed in regards to quality practice over quantity.  Practice pads and sticks will be available for a select number to join in our “hands on” experience.    

Jeremy J. Smith currently serves as the Director of Athletic Bands at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, IA, where he oversees the Triton Marching Band and Triton Wow Factor Pep Band, directs the Percussion Ensemble, and teaches applied lessons in percussion.  In his time at Iowa Central, Mr. Smith has created the Percussion Ensemble, “Legion of Boom” Drum Line, the “Summer Jazz” travelling jazz combo, and started the Triton Marching Band in the fall of 2012.  Under the direction of Mr. Smith this past fall, the Triton Marching Band performed at all home football games for Iowa Central, the Algona Band Day parade, and the Salt City Bowl in Hutchinson, KS. 

In addition to the Iowa Bandmasters Association, Mr. Smith is a member of Vic Firth’s Private Drum Teacher and Collegiate Educator Program, as well as Hudson Music’s Teacher Integration Program.  He is a graduate of Morningside College, and has completed graduate coursework from Eastern Illinois University and VanderCook College of Music.

Smith is a fifteen year member of the Karl L. King Municipal Band, of which he is also currently the personnel manager, plays with the East Side Jazz Team (combo) at various events, and has played with the Sioux City Municipal Band, Sioux City Symphony, and for many various big bands and churches.  He maintains a small private studio in addition to duties as percussion coach with the Fort Dodge Senior High All American Dodger Marching Band.  He resides in Fort Dodge, IA with his wife Tara (middle school band director, Fort Dodge) and children Kayla and Karch.

If you would like more information about the conference or clinic, please contact Jeremy Smith @

2013 Iowa Bandmasters Conference