Kreston Smith

Kreston was born in Decatur, Alabama, but raised in Memphis for most of his life. He comes from a musical family whose legacy of talent lives on through him. He started playing piano at the age of 5 and later picked up the guitar and saxophone. His grandmother taught him his first song on piano, “Amazing Grace” at the age of five. Along with being the President and founder of the Bartlett Music Academy, he was the Jazz Band Director for Arlington High School for 2006-2007 and is the music director for Bolton United Methodist. Kreston founded BMA in 2002 after teaching privately for 9 years on a freelance basis. Today, BMA offers classes on every instrument and is teaching almost 400 students per week. Along with having a consistent student presence at All-West competitions, he also serves as a Judge for the Mid-South Fair Youth Talent Contest.

In 1986, Kreston started playing saxophone for the Raleigh Egypt Jr. High Jazz Band. He continued with the jazz program until he graduated in 1991. After high school, Kreston attended Shelby State Community College and the University of Memphis, where he had the opportunity to play and learn from some very talented teachers and clinicians - Bob Berg, Ernie Watts, James Williams, Eric Marienthal, Erroll Thomas, Tom Lonardo, Alvin Batiste, Tony Reedus, Kennan Shotwell, Michael Scott, Art Edmaiston, Allen Rippe, Jack Cooper, Tim Goodwin, Dave Lisik, David Spencer and Charles Pender. At Shelby State, Kreston was recognized as the “Most Talented Musician” two semesters in a row.

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Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


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Albums by Kreston Smith

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