Lt. Col. Timothy Smith to lead Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes in 2016
Cmdr. Alverson retires after building program into one of world's premier military college bands
A new director will take the baton to lead the world famous Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes starting in the New Year. On Jan. 4, 2016, Lt. Col. Timothy J. Smith will move into The Citadel Director of Music position, replacing the man who helped build the program into a world class military college band, retired Navy Cmdr. Mike Alverson.
A native of Etowah, Tennessee, and graduate of the University of Tennessee, Alverson joined The Citadel in 2004, after serving in the Navy for 30 years. Alverson was a trombone instrumentalist, eventually rising to positions of leadership within the Navy such as directing the U.S. Naval Academy Band. Other assignments included the Navy Band Charleston, the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and the U.S. Atlantic Fleet Band. While at The Citadel, Alverson took a college with no academic music program and managed to develop a band that was invited to play around the world. He led the band to coveted invitations to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 2010 and 2015, as well as to the Royal Nova Scotia Military Tattoo in 2013.
“He said he would bring an extraordinary military act…and that is exactly what he delivered. Extraordinary music, perfectly
timed,” said Brig. Gen. David Alfrey, producer and CEO of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. “He’s a great leader, and of course young people are not always easy to lead.”
Smith, a Tennessee native, is an educator, composer, conductor, instrumentalist and vocalist. He joins the college after a career that includes more than 30 years serving in the U.S. Marine Corps or in military music positions. He held a variety of positions – from instrumentalist to Officer In Charge / Director - for the Marine Corps bands in New Orleans, Albany, Georgia, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and Twentynine Palms, California. He also served as a conducting instructor for the Armed Forces School of Music, and was band director and assistant commandant of cadets at Norwich University.
With hundreds of performances to his credit, Smith oversaw, planned and coordinated the national tours of The U.S. Air Force Band and the drill team component of The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard. One of many special music projects included composing original music and combining drill of the U.S. Air Force rock band “Max Impact” with non-drill team members of the honor guard in tattoo presentations for the Chief of Staff of the Air Force and Air Chiefs of the Americas.
Most recently, Smith has worked as an independent composer and arranger, premiering “A Higher Call” with the combined Armed Forces Bands of Hawaii in May of 2015, as well as completing compositions and arrangements for ensembles ranging from marching band to orchestral transcriptions.
“I am thrilled to have Timothy taking over where I am leaving off,” said Alverson. “He was our top choice and his range of experience and proven talents will help take The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes to the next level in coming years.”
Smith earned a bachelor’s in music from Excelsior College, and a Master of Music in conducting, from the University of Georgia.
Alverson retires Dec. 31.