MUSIC WITH A MISSION IS MORE THAN A SONG.....

Mickey believes that music is an essential element in our schools, our communities and in our everyday lives. The number one factor for creating support for arts education is community networking and involvement.  Actively engaging the community (i.e. parents, families, artists, arts organizations, businesses, local civic and cultural leaders and institutions) through performances, education, advocacy, research, and development is what Mickey calls Music With a Mission.  Creating something that lasts after the song is over. Click on any of the following links to find out more about how you can support Mickey as he continues to make a difference helping our community discover the sound.  

This group, created by Mickey, exist as a positive, encouraging atmosphere that fosters growth and development among educators.  Please use this platform to network, connect, celebrate, share and most importantly learn from one another as we strive to create a sound one hundred eighty days of school.

This group, created by Mickey, exist as a positive, encouraging atmosphere that fosters growth and development among educators. Please use this platform to network, connect, celebrate, share and most importantly learn from one another as we strive to create a sound one hundred eighty days of school.

Mickey serves as president of MusicMakers2U, Inc. which is an organization devoted to providing youth with access to musical instruments. MM2U impacts the Imperial Calcasieu Parishes through innovative, community-driven programs, which will give donated instruments new life by presenting them to students who have an interest in music. Since September 2015, MM2U has paired over 400 instruments with middle, high school, and college students.

Mickey serves as president of MusicMakers2U, Inc. which is an organization devoted to providing youth with access to musical instruments. MM2U impacts the Imperial Calcasieu Parishes through innovative, community-driven programs, which will give donated instruments new life by presenting them to students who have an interest in music. Since September 2015, MM2U has paired over 400 instruments with middle, high school, and college students.

Mickey is the band director at Maplewood Middle School in Sulphur, where he has seen the band grow from 38 to 160 members.
As an educator, Mickey’s concert and jazz bands have consistently received Superior ratings at Louisiana District and State Festivals as well as regional festivals. His students continually receive high marks for their performances at these events and many have gone on to receive scholarships in music.

Mickey is the band director at Maplewood Middle School in Sulphur, where he has seen the band grow from 38 to 160 members. As an educator, Mickey’s concert and jazz bands have consistently received Superior ratings at Louisiana District and State Festivals as well as regional festivals. His students continually receive high marks for their performances at these events and many have gone on to receive scholarships in music.

Lake Charles Toyota presents Grammy-educator and smooth jazz saxophonist Mickey Smith Jr.’s Sax In the City benefiting Musicmakers2U. This concert, generously hosted by Golden Nugget Casino Lake Charles will feature some of the greatest songs from the ’70s, 80s, 90s and today performed by a few of today’s greatest smooth jazz stars. And it all benefits a worthy cause, Musicmakers2U, a local nonprofit that helps area youth discover their sound by providing them with musical instruments at no charge. Mickey discovered his sound through the generosity of a loved one and now he uses his gift and his Sax In the City Experience to help the youth of Southwest Louisiana and our community keep our rich musical heritage alive for generations to come. There will be plenty to enjoy with with this concert. Among the many talented artists represented in the Sax In the City Experience are the beautiful vocalist Eugenia Smith, Sax In City friends such as JB SAAX, and straight-ahead pianist Chester Daigle just to name a few. These dynamic artists along with the SITC house band and others collectively add magic and groovy to lounge-like jazz tunes. The Sax In the City Band is comprised of award-winning and musically endorsed artist that will leave the crowd uplifted and inspired.

Lake Charles Toyota presents Grammy-educator and smooth jazz saxophonist Mickey Smith Jr.’s Sax In the City benefiting Musicmakers2U. This concert, generously hosted by Golden Nugget Casino Lake Charles will feature some of the greatest songs from the ’70s, 80s, 90s and today performed by a few of today’s greatest smooth jazz stars. And it all benefits a worthy cause, Musicmakers2U, a local nonprofit that helps area youth discover their sound by providing them with musical instruments at no charge. Mickey discovered his sound through the generosity of a loved one and now he uses his gift and his Sax In the City Experience to help the youth of Southwest Louisiana and our community keep our rich musical heritage alive for generations to come. There will be plenty to enjoy with with this concert. Among the many talented artists represented in the Sax In the City Experience are the beautiful vocalist Eugenia Smith, Sax In City friends such as JB SAAX, and straight-ahead pianist Chester Daigle just to name a few. These dynamic artists along with the SITC house band and others collectively add magic and groovy to lounge-like jazz tunes. The Sax In the City Band is comprised of award-winning and musically endorsed artist that will leave the crowd uplifted and inspired.

"Jazz In The Arts" foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that Mickey serves as a board member, clinician, conductor, performer, and spokesperson.

JITA is dedicated to providing community-based Jazz concerts for family entertainment and presenting Jazz music awareness through art, dance, and the spoken word.  

The mission of JITA is to promote, preserve, perpetuate and encourage the music, arts, culture and heritage of communities in Louisiana.  To incorporate national and global entertainment through festivals, programs and other cultural, educational, civic and economic activities.  Also to promote the development and education of Jazz music in all its varieties, create opportunities for children and adults to develop talents in all aspects of Jazz entertainment, and provide support, encouragement and recognition to the youth of Southwest Louisiana pursuing higher education in Jazz studies.

"Jazz In The Arts" foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that Mickey serves as a board member, clinician, conductor, performer, and spokesperson.

JITA is dedicated to providing community-based Jazz concerts for family entertainment and presenting Jazz music awareness through art, dance, and the spoken word.

The mission of JITA is to promote, preserve, perpetuate and encourage the music, arts, culture and heritage of communities in Louisiana. To incorporate national and global entertainment through festivals, programs and other cultural, educational, civic and economic activities. Also to promote the development and education of Jazz music in all its varieties, create opportunities for children and adults to develop talents in all aspects of Jazz entertainment, and provide support, encouragement and recognition to the youth of Southwest Louisiana pursuing higher education in Jazz studies.

GA Music Camp introduces a new component to the camp. Music In The Moment will be taught by Mickey Smith, Jr. For more information, visit us at www.gamusiccamp.com or call 770-298-3740.

GA Music Camp introduces a new component to the camp. Music In The Moment will be taught by Mickey Smith, Jr. For more information, visit us at www.gamusiccamp.com or call 770-298-3740.