Current Leadership

Director:  Robert Crissman

A History of SMASH:

SMASH was started in February of 1996 by Mr. Jim Lewis at the Roosevelt and Ben Franklin Elementary Schools in the Binghamton City School District.  The group started with twelve members, six from Roosevelt and six from Ben Franklin.  The original name of the group was RF SMASH (meaning Roosevelt/Franklin SMASH), but was later shortened to just SMASH.  SMASH grew in time to over 30 members at it's highest point.  In 1998, the group was invited to perform with the New York University Percussion Ensemble at New York University in New York, New York.  They performed with NYU in both 1998 and 1999. Over time, the group grew to include up to six members.  In 2004, the group picked up it's first Assistant Director in fellow Binghamton City School District employee Robert Crissman.  Over the years, students have entered and left SMASH, but the concept has stayed the same:  to perform highly intricate rhythms using everyday household items.  In 2005, SMASH added it's first horn line, setting it apart from other professional group such as "Stomp" and "Blue Man Group" with the ability to now play melodies with interlaced harmonies.  Since 2005, SMASH has changed it's concept each year and looks to keep adding to it's ever expanding repertoire.  In 2010, SMASH moved it's rehearsal space from Roosevelt Elementary School to East Middle School.  The group continues to perform in the public and in the school concerts as well.