Triad native Rusty Smith can frequently be seen in the horn sections of the Four Tops and the Temptations and in the trumpet section of the newly formed Camel City Jazz Orchestra. In addition he has performed with such groups as the Spinners, Olivia Newton-John, Aretha Franklin, Franki Valli and the Four Seasons, Steve Lawrence, Bernadette Peters, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and many others. Rusty has toured both in the US and abroad with the Ray Charles tribute I Can’t Stop Loving You, the world premier tour of Ziegfeld: a Night At The Follies, the Motown Christmas Spectacular, and the Motown Legends Tour. From 1997-2005 he was the trumpet player for the Louise Mandrell Theater in Pigeon Forge, TN. Rusty is currently the instructor of trumpet at High Point University and is a teaching assistant at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro while in pursuit of his doctorate in trumpet performance. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Appalachian State University, a master’s degree in trumpet performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts. His solo CD Oceanfront was released in 2002 and is available on iTunes. Rusty’s television appearances include “The Road” with the Four Tops (PBS), “The Louise Mandrell Celebrity Shoot” (TNN), “Motown Live” with the Four Tops, Gerald Levert and Anastacia, and Lee Ann Womac’s Christmas Special (GAC). He can also be seen on the Four Tops 40th Anniversary Special DVD.