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 Jared Smith is a professional drummer, percussionist, programmer and educator. Through many years of study and playing, Jared has fused together the artistry of “old school” grooves and sounds, with the energy of the newest music. Combining these styles creates an enjoyable sound that is classic and new at the same time. Besides his own groups, Jared has performed with many musical acts including...


Alex Boyé

Benny Golson

Cheyenne Jackson

Chris Mann

Delfeayo Marsalis

The Diamonds

Ed Calle

Eric Marianthal

Grace Kelly

Jason Marsalis

John Clayton

John Welsh Band

Kristen Korb

Mark Levine

Mindy Gledhill

William Joseph

Carvin Jones

Santino Fontana

Brian Stokes Mitchell

Aaron Ball Band

Dead Fervor

Mean Red Spyder

The Idaho Falls Opera Theatre

The Teton Chamber Orchestra

The Idaho Falls Symphony Orchestra 

The Lionel Hampton Big Band

and many more...

Jared has also had the pleasure of sharing the stage with many world-renowned acts, including:


Adelitas Way

The Band Perry

Cheap Trick






Faster Pussycat

Flo Rida


Andy Grammer

Great White



Stephen Pearcy


Quiet Riot

Dizzy Reed (of Guns N’ Roses)

Robin Thicke


Skid Row


Theory of a Deadman



Zack Wylde

and many more...

Raised in rural Idaho, Jared had a flair for music since he first touched a piano. Composing and playing piano as a child, he went on to drums in the public school program. After much practice and passion, Jared was referred to the local college and at the age of 14 was in collegiate music groups and taking lessons with professional musicians. Since then and after a BA in Music, Jared continues to learn and grow.

Despite the work and opportunity, it has not always been smooth sailing. There has been many peers, teachers, and heroes that have claimed he would "never reach his dreams," or that he was "not that great a musician." However,  Jared enjoys the success of being a professional musician, who is happy being in the now and looks forward to the future. This is not a self-pity story, but the middle of the book on tenacity, hard-work, and dreams to inspire others. 



    Jared has had the chance to study with many talented musicians as well, including...

Bernard Purdie (James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan)

David Garibaldi (Tower of Power)

Stanton Moore (Galactic, John Scofield, Garage A Trios)

Nikki Glaspie (Beyoncé, Kanye West, Maceo Parker)

Carl Allen (Freddie Hubbard, Jackie McLean Christian McBride)

John Clayton (Count Basie, Diana Krall, Quincy Jones)

Harold Jones (Count Basie, Tony Bennett)

"Rakalam" Bob Moses (Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Gary Burton)

Jay Lawrence (Cher, The Osmonds, Gladys Knight)


Hire Jared

    Jared is available for hire. If you need a drummer for your album or track, who is not afraid of the click, who takes direction, can be creative on the spot, and can record with file sharing (so you can have him on your track no matter where you are in the world), then Jared is your man.

    If you need a live drummer, programmer, background vocalist, or percussionist for a live event or tour, Jared is available for that as well.


Jared is also teaching lessons through Skype.

For inquiries about any of the above, contact Jared at:

    (208) 716-2594


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