About us

Smith Walbridge Band Products was founded by Gary Smith, Associate Director of Bands Emeritus, University of Illinois. For over two decades, we have been providing quality products to band directors, color guard instructors, students, and music educators.

Our goal is to provide the best buying experience in the industry, regardless of the order size. Unlike the large corporate retailers, our product specialists answer incoming calls. Customers get to communicate directly with the people who run the company and know the products. Here are examples of how we "go the extra mile," making our customer service unparalleled in the industry:

• Available 7 days a week via phone or email
• Friendly and knowledgeable staff
• Most orders of in-stock items ship same day or within 24 hours
• Tracking numbers provided to customers via email
• We can often match or beat any advertised price
• Expedited shipping services available
• Orders can be placed online 24/7, including purchase orders
• Extended hours during marching season
• Graphic designer on staff for custom artwork
• Sound System Specialists on staff who field test systems at our summer camps
• Dedicated news blog and Facebook page for the latest industry news and special deals
• A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau

Customer Testimonials:

"SW Band Products is always our first choice for band equipment for The Spirit and Sound of OSU.  We always get first-rate service and first-rate products."
- Dr Brad Townsend, Director of Athletic Bands, Oregon State University

"The Wildcat Marching Band relies on Smith Walbridge products for all our field PA needs. Their years of experience and knowledge of current technology are second to none. Nobody does it better."
-Carl Collins, Director of Athletic Bands, University of Kentucky

"When the Gator Band needs equipment, our first call is ALWAYS to Smith Walbridge Band Products! The quality and value of their products is fantastic and their customer service is the best in ANY business!  If you need it - SW Band Products has it, gets it to you, and follows up like no other! Call them - you won't be disappointed - ever!"

Jay Watkins, Director, University of Florida Gator Band

"Smith Walbridge is our “one stop shop” for all of our marching band accessories and equipment, uniforms, and wireless sound systems.   SW makes it easy to order all of your marching band uniforms and equipment through their easy to navigate website and well organized catalogs.   They provide a great selection and friendly service at very competitive prices.   Thank you Gary and Sean for all the expert advice and timely service!"
- Wyatt Roberds, Director of Bands, Granite City HS

"My high school band programs have used Smith-Walbridge Band Products for over 20 years and we have always been impressed with their prompt and attentive service.  Gary Smith is a giant in the educational band world and is always exploring the latest product developments, so he is able to provide the best products available to his customers.  I highly recommend this company!"

-Scott Casagrande, Director of Bands, John Hersey High School

The Auburn University Marching Band strives for excellence with all aspects of performance and ambassadorship. To maintain success, superior band programs need superior equipment, so Smith Walbridge Band Products has become our go-to source for supplies. Whether it be sound equipment, flags, gloves, or raincoats, Smith Walbridge delivers a quality product that withstands the rigors of repeated use. At rehearsal or on the field at the National Championship game, I can count on Smith Walbridge products to enhance the image of the Auburn Band.
-Dr Corey Spurlin, Auburn University