Mr. Smith's Groups

Todd Smith

Director of Bands

Todd Smith bio photo
Todd Smith bio photo

Todd Smith has been Director of Bands at River Trails Middle School in Mount Prospect, IL since 1999.  He was previously Director of Bands at River Grove School in River Grove, IL. A native of Dayton, OH, Mr. Smith received his B.S. in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1994, and received his Masters in Music Education from Vandercook College of Music in 2001. 

Ensembles under Mr. Smith’s direction have been awarded high honors at numerous concert and jazz festivals, including IGSMA, Plainfield Invitational Concert Band Festival, Lake County Live, Music in the Parks (in Chicago, St. Louis and Cincinnati), Chicagoland Invitational Concert Band Festival, Northshore Jazz Festival and Jazz in the Meadows.  In addition, Mr. Smith has taken bands to perform at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL on several occasions.  In 2005, the River Trails Middle School Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. Smith, received the Mount Prospect Toast of the Town Award at the Annual Shining Star Awards Ceremony.  This award was given to the ensemble for the numerous ways that the group has given back to the community.  In 2011, the River Trails Middle School 7th and 8th Grade Band was selected to perform at the Illinois Superstate Concert Band Festival at the University of Illinois. 

Mr. Smith is an active member of the National Association of Music Education (NAfME), Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) and the Northern Illinois Music Conference (NIMCon). He was an Illinois District VII Junior Jazz Representative for ILMEA from 2009 to 2012.  Students in the River Trails Middle School Band program are currently very active in IMEA (concert and jazz) and the IGSMA Solo and Ensemble Contest.  In 2021, Mr. Smith was invited to be a member of the American School Band Directors Association (ASBDA).   

Mr. Smith performed as a member of the trombone section in the Northshore Concert Band (NCB) from 2007-2015 under the direction of Dr. Mallory Thompson.  This adult community wind ensemble, based in Evanston, IL, has over 100 members and a rich history of spreading a “Lifetime of Music” to young area musicians.  In 2011, the NCB was invited to perform at the International Midwest Band and Orchestra Convention which was held at McCormick Place, West in Chicago, IL.  During the summer of 2012, the NCB toured the Black Forest region of Germany.  

Mr. Smith resides in Des Plaines, IL with his wife and two daughters.