Born: September 24, 1980 Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor
From a young age, Walter began taking music very seriously. “My first gig was playing at a McDonaldʼs in Houston with another saxophone player. I took a solo on Blue Bossa. It was terrible. People clapped, and I figured if I could get away with that and get applause, how could I fail?” Walter Smith III began playing the saxophone at the age of 7 in his hometown of Houston, TX. At Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Smith received a Clifford Brown/ Stan Getz Fellowship from IAJE and NFAA; the NFAA Young Talent Award; a full tuition scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music; and a United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts medal...
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