Florida A&M University music scholars, Dwayne Bosman and Dwight Bosman are composers, arrangers, jazz artists and music educators.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Dwayne’s and Dwight’s passion for jazz started at an early age. They grew up listening to the sounds of great jazz artists such as Earl “Fatha” Hines, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and their father Lloyd Smith, who was a well known businessman and a side man in Basie’s and Ellington’s orchestras. Paula V. Smith, the twins’ mother and the first African American Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division for the U.S. Department of Labor under the Regan Administration, was also an avid jazz lover. Influenced by famous musicians, like family friends, Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane and Charlie Parker, by age 14 the twins were performing professionally as The Bosman Twins. Over the years, The Bosman Twins have shared their love of music and the stage with entertainment legends Freddie Cole, Branford Marsalis, Fontella Bass, Roy Ayers, David Peaston and the late trumpeter, Lester Bowie. Whether performing with their own band or accompanying other notable jazz professionals, their unique style and renditions of jazz, rhythm and blues, funk and gospel have earned them national and international acclaim.
Recipients of the “Harmon How to Listen” and the Missouri Folk Art grants (Dwayne), the twins have traveled across the country in their roles as music directors and champions of youth music education. Through the development and implementation of jazz workshops, seminars and classical music programs, The Bosman Twins demonstrate a sincere commitment and dedication to urban youth through community service. The Bosman Twins foster an environment where students discover their personal potential and talent. Their students learn to appreciate and respect the talents and abilities of others. They are encouraged to develop high self esteem and to maintain excellence in their musical endeavors. Dwayne is the former (retired) Music Director at Crossroads College Preparatory School in St. Louis. Dwight, Band Director and Music Educator for more than 30 years, is retired from the St. Louis Public School District.