Chad’s talent with multiple woodwind instruments has made him sought after as a Broadway, recording and concert performer from New York to Los Angeles. He has been a member of the Broadway orchestras of Wicked, Legally Blonde and Follies and has substituted in countless shows including 42nd Street, Spamalot, A Chorus Line, The Producers and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
Chad has performed with numerous prestigious orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre, New York Pops, Boston Pops, American Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Albany Symphony and L’ Opera Francais. He has also shared the stage with Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, John Pizzarelli, The Temptations, Arturo Sandoval, Lady Gaga, Frankie Valli, Bernadette Peters and Audra Macdonald to name a few.
His movie credits include Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Informant!, Ted 2, Extremely Close and Incredibly Loud, I Saw the Light and Monsters University. Mr. Smith has been featured on television in Legally Blonde on MTV, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Grease on Fox, The Wiz and Hairspray on NBC, the Tony Awards on CBS and the Academy Awards on ABC. Chad’s woodwind talents can be heard daily on the Family Guy, American Dad, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Flash, Lucifer, Smash and The Simpsons.
An award winning musician in various woodwind competitions, Chad has performed at music festivals all over the world, most recently the 15th World Saxophone Congress in Bangkok, where he premiered SAX-O-PHILM: Sounds and Sights of the 20’s. SAX-O-PHILM highlights the music of sax pioneer Rudy Wiedoeft accompanied by piano, harp and silent films. Some other appearances include the North American Saxophone Alliance, Greenwich Concert Series, Delaware Recital Series, Clarion University, San Diego State University, Millersville University Single Reed Day, West Chester Saxophone Festival, Newark Concert Series and The Craftsbury Chamber Players.
He currently is an adjunct professor of saxophone at Montclair State University and founder/director of the Masters’ in Woodwind specialization program.
Chad E. Smith earned a B.S. in Music Education from West Chester University where he was a student of Ted Hegvik. He later pursued a Master’s in Saxophone and Woodwind Performance from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Ramon Ricker. Chad also studied briefly with the late woodwind virtuoso, Al Gallodoro and considers him an inspiration and mentor. He is proud to be a Selmer Artist, Silverstein products and D’Addario Clinician.
“baracolle led by the suavely surprising sound of the saxophone”
– New York Times
“warm and expressive, delivering the virtuosity as well as the lyricism…saxophone proves to be a classical delight”
– Times Argus
“Come for the Sax, Experience Vaudeville”
– Harrisburg Patriot News on SAX-O-PHILM