A Staten Island native, Darrell had the good fortune of being accepted into the esteemed Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School (a.k.a. "The Fame School") for percussion performance. He exceeded all expectations while attending LaGuardia and would further conquer all goals while attending the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, achieving a Bachelor's Degree for Jazz Performance.
Darrell is a professional drummer whom has performed with some of the most in demand musicians around today and has graced his presence on many of the most world famous stages. Some of his instruction comes from those of exceptional caliber including Kenny Washington, Ali Jackson, Dafnis Prieto, Bernard Purdie, and Billy Hart, just to name a few.
Not only is Mr. Smith a masterful drummer, but a fine instructor as well. He is teaching privately at Jazz at Lincon Center, Staten Island Academy, and Victory Studios.
Recently, Darrell graduated from New Jersey City University receiving his Master’s Degree in Performance and is looking to further his education in ultimately obtaining his PHD while growing as an elite musician among his peers.