University School of Milwaukee welcomed guest conductor Michael Sweeney on Monday, April 15. He met with Upper School concert band students, hosted a workshop, and conducted two of his band pieces, “Earth and Sky,” and “River of Hope.”
“Mr. Sweeney is a long-time resident of Cedarburg, Wisconsin and an old friend to USM,” said Band Director Dain Shuler. “Nearly 20 years ago, his wife was the costumer for the school, and he has led workshops for me previously, and even guest-conducted one of his pieces in concert.”
About Michael Sweeney Michael Sweeney is currently director of band publications for Hal Leonard LLC in Milwaukee, one of the largest publishers of printed music in the world. Sweeney is directly responsible for the development, production, recording, and marketing of new publications for school bands. In addition, he contributes as a composer and arranger in all instrumental areas, and is particularly known for his writing at the younger levels for concert band and jazz. Since joining the company in 1982, Hal Leonard has published over 500 of his compositions and arrangements.