HE [MICKEY SMITH JR.] EMPOWERS AND ENRICHES EVERYONE HE ENTERTAINS. I ENCOURAGE YOU TO DISCOVER HIS SOUND. IT IMPACTS AND INSPIRES.”

— Dr. Eric Thomas

Music, Education, and Outreach are driving forces to everything Mickey does.     The number one factor for making better learning environments is to create greater support for arts education through community networking and involvement.  By actively engaging the community we create what Mickey calls Music With a Mission.  Creating something that lasts well after the song is over. Find out how you can be the "sound" to change the world. 

Mickey serves as president of MusicMakers2U, Inc. an organization devoted to providing youth with access to musical instruments. Since September 2015, MM2U has paired over 400 instruments with instruments.

The SOUND180 Educators Group, created by Mickey, exist as a positive, encouraging atmosphere that fosters growth and development among educators with a mission to create a sound one hundred eighty days of school.

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. The show features Mickey, a host of dynamic artists along with the SITC house band. The Sax In the City Band is comprised of award-winning and musically endorsed artist that will leave the crowd uplifted and inspired.