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If you're a former band student, you've probably played music by this Missouri native

Courtesy of Pam Smith Kelly
Composer and conductor Claude T. Smith

The music of composer Claude T. Smith is some of the most played in all of the symphonic band repertoire, being performed in classrooms as well as concert halls. He was born in Monroe City, Missouri and spent many years in Lawrence and Kansas City. Classical KC's Brooke Knoll speaks with Smith's daughter Pam Smith Kelly about Claude's life and music. Plus, hear several of his compositions.


Brooke Knoll


Pam Smith Kelly

Pam Smith Kelly


All compositions by Claude T. Smith

Emperata Overture
Citation March
Claude T. Smith and the University of Kansas Bands

Eternal Father, Strong to Save
Claude T. Smith and the Texas Tech University Concert Band

Festival Variations
Arnald D. Gabriel and the United States Air Force Academy Band

The United States Air Force Band

Variations on a Revolutionary Hymn
The United States Army Field Band

You can learn more about Pam, Claude and Claude T. Smith publications at claudetsmith.com.

Courtesy of Pam Smith Kelly
Pam Smith Kelly and Claude T. Smith

Brooke Knoll is the digital audience specialist and on-air host for Classical KC. You can reach her at brooke@classicalkc.org.
Sam Wisman is a Senior Producer for 91.9 Classical KC and a backup announcer for KCUR 89.3. Email him at samwisman@classicalkc.org.