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The Hampton University community mourns the death of Mr. Barney E. Smart, who departed this life on the afternoon of Friday, July 2, 2004 at Sentara CarePlex Hospital in Hampton, Virginia. A memorial service will be held Friday, July 9 at 1 p.m. at University Chapel on the campus of HU.

He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Alabama State University and the Masters of Music from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. At Alabama State he served as a Student Assistant in the Music Department and was president of the band his senior year. At Michigan, he was the president of the Black Music Student Association and was the first recipient of the Belinda Harris Music Scholarship for the university’s outstanding minority music student.

Smart spent 14 years at Hampton University where he helped turn "The Force" into one of the most well respected marching bands in college football. He founded the Symphonic Winds Ensemble in 1991, and established a high school band camp and directors clinic. In 1996, Smart became the first African American and native Alabamian to Adjudicate the state band festival in Alabama. He became a member of the Board of Directors of the Intercollegiate Music Association (IMA) and was elected as Vice President in 1999 before serving his term as President beginning in May of 2000.

Prior to coming to Hampton, Smart’s collegiate experiences included being Director of Bands at Alabama A&M University and the Conductor of the University of Michigan-Dearborn Wind Ensemble. While at Alabama A&M, he was selected twice as the College Band Director of the Year by the Birmingham Grid Forecasters.

Some of Smart’s most notable performances include performing for United States Presidents Richard Nixon and George Bush. He has been a Guest Conductor with the University of Michigan Symphony Band, the Cleveland State University Wind Ensemble, The Intercollegiate Music Association Symphonic Band, the Omaha Nebraska All-City High School Band and the Hampton All-City Concert Band. In addition, the HU Symphonic Winds performed to a standing ovation at the Black Music Caucus in Nashville, Tennessee in 1993. The Hampton University marching band, "The Force," has given stellar performances in New York, Detroit, Jacksonville, Baton Rouge and Boise, Idaho. National television networks BET, TNT, HTS and ESPN have broadcasted performances by Mr. Smart and his band.

Mr. Smart is survived by his wife Mrs. Mary Ann Smart and two sons, Barney II and Tory Franklyn.

 Inside Black College Sports
The World Wide Leader For Black College Sporting News    

Hampton University Mourns The Loss Of Director of Bands Barney Smart
Jamar Ross  
July 6, 2004

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