Daniel Smithiger is Director of the Percussion area, and Director of Basketball Bands at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, in Edwardsville, Illinois. He teaches applied percussion, percussion ensemble, percussion methods, percussion history and literature, percussion pedagogy, and sectionals. Additionally he directs SIUe Steel, and the Basketball Band, SIUe Drumline. Since his appointment in the Fall 2010, Mr. Smithiger has grown the Percussion Studio, created the SIUe Steel Band, created the Percussion Institute at SIUe (Summer Percussion Camp), the Marching Percussion Festival at SIUe, created the Greater St. Louis Percussion Ensemble, and the SIUe Marimba Band. He has also initiated the Department’s annual ILMEA audition clinics.
Mr. Smithiger currently remains in demand as a performer, judge and clinician throughout the states of Missouri, Ohio, Iowa and Illinois. He has taught and performed in Taiwan, Canada, England, France, Austria, Germany, as well as across Arizona, Nevada, California, Texas, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, and Tennessee. He has performed with the St. Louis Philharmonic, the St. Louis Wind Symphony, the Dubuque Symphony, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the San Angelo Symphony, the Midland-Odessa Symphony, the Mesa Symphony, the Tucson Symphony, the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, Edwardsville Community Orchestra and the Flagstaff Festival of the Arts Orchestra. As a faculty member he performs solo recitals, and he performs as a chamber musician on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
During the Fall 2019, Mr. Smithiger toured with SIUe colleague Dawn Roberts (Oboe) and performed at Episcopal Collegiate and Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas. In November of 2019, he presented a FUNdamentals session at the annual Percussive Artist Society International Convention (Indianapolis, Indiana). Dan maintains an article series while serving as an Artist with Black Swamp Percussion, and he is a member of the educational team of Salyers Percussion, Remo and Sabian Cymbals.