The thoughts in this book, and Claude Smith himself, are not just sweet memories, but the only hope we have for the future.
– “Doc” Severinsen
Claude T. Smith was a giant among composers of the 20th Century. I was proud to have commissioned “Flight” and “Festival Variations” which have becomes staples in the band repertoire world-wide. Most of all, I was proud to have had Claude as a friend. I miss him, but his music and his legacy will live on forever.
– Colonel Arnald D. Gabriel, USAF (Ret)
The United States Air Force Band
What an extra-ordinary book, which bespeaks of Claude’s many gifts, and those of a loving, devoted daughter. Congratulations, Pam. It’s a “page-turner.” And in it are the “lesson plans” of life!
– Don Shaffer, KC Musician and Dear Friend
A behind the scenes look at the life of Claude T. Smith. “Harmony From Within” reaches into the soul and persona of one of the well-loved band composers of the 20th century.
We have all heard the arching melodies, lush harmonies, and asked for a recount on a 7/8 measure, but we have never had a clear picture of who this wonderful composer was – until now. “Claude T. Smith: Harmony From Within” is THE perfect volume to connect the dots. I laughed, cheered and shed a tear.
– Andrew Yates