Dakota Smith is a versatile percussionist with experience in solo, orchestral, marching, jazz, and world music settings. Hailing from LaGrange, IL and the son of a pianist and percussionist, Dakota grew up in a musical environment, and has been fortunate to attend Lyons Township High School, through which he participated twice in Jazz at the Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington competition and perform in the Evanston Jazz Festival, as well as a concert at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago, IL. Dakota has spent three summers participating in Drum Corps International as a member of Legends DBC in 2010 and 2011, and the Blue Stars DBC in 2012, with WGI Indoor Drumline experience as a member of Green Thunder Percussion in the 2011 season. During his time at IU, Dakota was a member of every single ensemble except the New Music Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and Baroque Orchestra. Additionally, he was a member of IU's Percussion Ensemble, Afro-Cuban Folkloric Ensemble, and Steel Drum Ensemble.