Meet the newest addition to our team, Fred Emory Smith! He has been playing and studying music since he was a child. He grew up in the marching activity and eventually studied music composition at Berklee College of Music, where he received the Doug Timm Award for Outstanding Musicianship in Film Scoring. Fred brings a unique set of skill sets to the marching arts through not only being fluent in winds, percussion and sound design composition, but also is a current full-time film and tv composer!
Outside of the marching arts, Fred is an award-winning composer working in various media genres. Now having considerable experience working on many different films, TV shows, and video games, some of Fred's work includes Transformers 3, Need for Speed: The Run, Disney's Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero, Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, Marvel's Agents of Shield, Starz's Outlanders, and CW's Supergirl. Fred has composed the music for two HBO TV shows: Grace and Halfwords, winning Best Music Composition for Halfworlds in the 2017 Apollo Awards. Another big accomplishment was to work as a music arranger for the 87th Academy Awards. Recently, he won Best Feature Film Music at the 2019 Burbank Film Festival for his feature film, Rock ‘n' Roll Eddie. His current projects include working on the animated series Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures for Lucasfilm and a new thriller feature film entitled The Book of Judah.
Fred has extensive experience composing and arranging for various high school marching bands and indoor drumlines around the country. Fred has been arranging percussion for the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets since 2013, where they have won four Open Class Championships. He is also the sound designer for the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps, and works with the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps as their sound designer, including the 2019 season where they won DCI World Class Championships. Fred's drum corps experience included performing as a snare drummer with The Academy in 2001, the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets in 2002, and the Santa Clara Vanguard from 2003-2005. Fred's teaching credentials includes working with the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps, The Academy Drum & Bugle Corps, and the Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps.
Learn more here: fredemorysmith.com