Command Sergeant Major Daniel R. Smith was appointed the fourth Command Sergeant Major of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in July 2014. Prior to this appointment, Command Sgt. Maj. Smith served as Operations Sergeant Major of the premier musical organization of the U.S. Army. Originally from Fairfax, Virginia, and a graduate of Fairfax High School, he won the audition to play trumpet and join the ranks of “Pershing’s Own” in April 1992.
During his career, Command Sgt. Maj. Smith has been a featured trumpet soloist with The U.S. Army Concert Band and The U.S. Army Orchestra, and performed with The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band, The U.S. Army Brass Quintet, and The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets. He has performed with the organization at international military tattoos in Norway, the Netherlands, and Sweden. In 2002, he took on the duties of Operations NCO for the unit and was named that division’s NCO-in-Charge in 2007. In 2010, he was promoted to Sergeant Major. During his tenure in Operations, his duties included managing unit participation in notable events such as state funerals for President Ronald W. Reagan and President Gerald R. Ford, three Presidential Inaugurations, the dedication of the National World War II Memorial, and the dedication of the National 9-11 Memorial at the Pentagon.
Command Sgt. Maj. Smith attended North Texas University in Denton, Texas, and graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. He has participated in Colorado’s Aspen Music Festival, and in 1987 was selected for the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Music Center Fellowship Program. The following year, he earned a Master of Music from New York City’s prestigious Juilliard School. As a trumpeter, he has worked with major organizations such as the New York Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, and the Dallas Symphony.
Command Sgt. Maj. Smith is a graduate of the Brigade Pre-Command Course at The U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Award with one oak leaf cluster, and the Army Achievement Award with one oak leaf cluster.
He resides in his home town of Fairfax, Virginia, with his wife, Ellen, and their three children, Erin, Megan, and Raymond.