Eric Smith - Music Director/Bass Guitar
Just like many children of entertainers, Eric grew up in a household full of musical talent. Eric’s father was a guitar player by trade and could always be found playing his guitar around the house. The love of music in his father’s eyes made Eric want to be a musician. At the age of 10, Eric began playing the clarinet in the local elementary school. Later, he took piano lessons from a private instructor, but still was looking for ways to take his music career to the next level. After moving to Atlanta, Georgia from Toledo, Ohio; Eric pursued a course that would place him behind the strings of a bass guitar. In 1999, Eric began playing the bass guitar. He would receive some instructions from his father, but Eric’s motivation to learn bass guitar, sent him on a self-taught mission. In 2000, Eric began playing bass guitar with the group GROUND LEVEL. Soon to follow, he started his own band called THE NEXT LEVEL. However, it wasn’t until 2005 that Eric’s knowledge of music inspired him to form EPITOME JAZZ BAND. Eric knew that playing the bass guitar was not enough to make it as an entertainer. So he decided to get a degree in music. This goal was achieved in 2009, when Eric received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Music from Georgia State University. Some of Eric’s favorite musicians include: Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten, Stevie Wonder, Prince and James Brown.