Tanner Smith has served as the Director of Bands at Wakeland High School since 2016. At Wakeland, his responsibilities include the Marching Band, Wind Symphony, and overall program direction. He also assists with Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Middle School ensembles. Prior to his appointment at Wakeland High School, Smith taught at Independence High School in Frisco Independent School District and Allen High School in Allen, Texas.
During his tenure, the Wakeland High School Marching Band has been named a finalist and regional class champion in the Bands of America Dallas/Ft. Worth Regional Championship. The marching band has been a consistent UIL Texas State Marching Band Contest finalist and was named the 2019 Class 5A Bronze Medalist. Most recently, the Wakeland Wind Symphony was invited to perform at The 75th Annual Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.
Smith has previously been on the Educational Team for the Bands of America Drum Major Institute and was on faculty with the 2013 and 2022 Bands of America Honor Bands in the Rose Parade®.
Smith is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association and the National Bandmasters Association. He currently lives in Frisco with his wife Corey, daughter Nora, and their dogs Rex and Chester.