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James J. Smisek  Assistant Professor

Jim Smisek
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Phone: (205) 726-2485
Office: Brock Hall 206

B.M.E., University of Florida
M.M.E., Rollins College
D.M.A., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Biographical Information
Originally from Bayshore, N.Y., Dr. James J. Smisek is director of bands and chairman of instrumental studies at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. He graduated with a D.M.A. degree in instrumental conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, studying with Dr. John R. Locke. While at UNCG he served as the conductor of the symphonic band from 2004–2005 and previously conducted the University Band from 2003–2004. In addition, the School of Music faculty and students selected Smisek for the 2004–2005 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. Smisek has taught high school band and orchestra for 13 years in the public schools of Bradenton, Palmetto, Winter Park and Orlando, Fla. He also taught at Seminole Community College as the director of jazz studies from 2000–2001. He continues to work as an adjudicator and clinician throughout Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Arizona, Virginia, South Carolina and Kentucky. In 2000, he completed the master of music degree in music education with honors at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. He earned the bachelor of arts degree in music education from the University of Florida in Gainesville and the associate of arts degree from Seminole Community College in Sanford, Fla. Smisek was also a musician in the United States Army Band program as a trumpet player  from 1989–1991. He is a member of MENC, College Music Society, Alabama Music Educators Association, Alabama Band Masters Association, National Band Association, College Music Society, College Band Directors National Association, Pi Kappa Lambda and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Dr. Smisek is married to Lynette and they have two children, Chelsea and Carson.
Member of:
College Music Society
Alabama Music Educators Association
Alabama Band Masters Association
National Band Association
College Band Directors National Association
Pi Kappa Lambda
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
College Music Society
Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, 2004–2005
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