UTC band member: 'I want to see jaws drop'

Staff Photo by Mark Kennedy / Tizzy Smith, pictured Tuesday, is the trumpet section leader of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga's Marching Mocs. He is elated the band has grown to more than 140 members this year.
photo Staff Photo by Mark Kennedy/Tizzy Smith, pictured Tuesday, is the trumpet section leader of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga's Marching Mocs. He is elated the band has grown to more than 140 members this year.

When he was a baby, Tizzy Smith's older sister would soothe his crying by leaning over his crib, fluttering her fingers in front of his face and cooing: "tizzy, tizzy, tizzy."

The name stuck.

Today, Tizzy Smith is the 20-year-old brass-section leader of the re-emergent University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Marching Mocs.

He plays trumpet - although the more appropriate verb might be, he "lives" trumpet. He has a trumpet mouthpiece to his lips at least three hours a day either practicing alone or rehearsing with an ensemble.

Amazingly,