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December, 19, 2014
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Meeting Room W179


Michael Sweeney

Michael Sweeney

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Young Band Programming for Success (Utilizing Standard Repertoire and Finding New Gems)

Clinic Synopsis:

With the focus each year on new publications, the standard repertoire is often overlooked. Composer/arranger Michael Sweeney explores strategies for finding meaningful literature using a balance of proven classics along with carefully chosen new works. Discussion will include what to look for, what to look out for, and how to find those hidden gems. Effective programming will also be examined with factors such as pacing, instrumentation, difficulty, variety, and connecting with your audience.

Michael Sweeney - Biographical Information

Michael Sweeney is currently Director of Band Publications for Hal Leonard Corporation in Milwaukee, WI. In addition, he contributes as a composer and arranger in all instrumental areas with over 500 publications to his name. Mr. Sweeney is a 1977 graduate of Indiana University, and taught middle and high school band in Ohio and Indiana prior to joining Hal Leonard in 1982. A winner of multiple ASCAP awards, many of Michael's compositions have become staples in the repertoire for young bands. His works appear on numerous state contest lists and are included in the acclaimed “Teaching Music Through Performance” series by GIA Publications. His commissions range from middle and high school bands to the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Canadian Brass, and his music is regularly performed throughout the world. Michael has presented clinics and workshops throughout the US and Canada, and is in demand as clinician and conductor for honor bands and festivals.