Adjunct Instructor of Trumpet
A native of High Point, North Carolina, RUSTY SMITH is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Education from Appalachian State University and a Master of Music in trumpet performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts. He also spent two years of postgraduate studies at the prestigious Indiana University School of Music.
Rusty was the trumpet player for the Louise Mandrell Theater in Pigeon Forge, TN from 1997-2005. Currently he is a charter member of WinstonSalem’s Camel City Jazz Orchestra and serves on the group’s board of directors. He is also a member of the newly formed North Carolina Brass Band. Frequently, Rusty travels with the Carolina Horns, backing such groups as the Four Tops and the Temptations. In addition he has performed with the Spinners, Olivia Newton-John, Aretha Franklin, Franki Valli and the Four Seasons, Ray Charles, Kenny Rogers, the Pointer Sisters, Clay Aiken, the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Woody Herman Band, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and many others.
Rusty has toured both in the US and abroad with the Ray Charles tribute I Can’t Stop Loving You, the world premier tour of Ziegfeld: a Night At The Follies, the Motown Christmas Spectacular, and the Motown Legends Tour. He has performed regionally with the national touring companies of Peter Pan, Dreamgirls, Young Frankenstein, Anything Goes, and Motown. As the featured soloist with the Spirit of America National Honor Band, he worked with hundreds of high school and college aged kids from across the United States, touring Europe and winning first place in the festival division of the World Music Contest in Kekrade, Holland.
He has recorded with several national and regional acts and serves as the staff arranger for Rock House Records in Greensboro, NC and the Sonshine Group in Sharp’s Chapel, TN. His first solo CD Oceanfront was released in 2002 on the Aural Designs Group label. Rusty’s television appearances include The Road with the Four Tops (PBS), The Louise Mandrell Celebrity Shoot (TNN), Motown Live with the Four Tops, Gerald Levert and Anastacia, Lee Ann Womac’s Christmas Special (GAC), and most recently Shout Hallelujah by the Firebird Arts Alliance. He can also be seen on the Four Tops 40th Anniversary Special. usty’s past teaching experiences include adjunct teaching positions at Mars Hill College and Pfeiffer University. In addition to his duties as instructor of trumpet at High Point University he currently holds a teaching assistantship at UNCG, is the director of the jazz ensemble at Elon University and has a very successful private studio of high school students.