Music Department

Select Band Clinic

February 5 - 6, 2016

Michael Sweeney - Guest Conductor


Michael Sweeney is currently Director of Band Publications for Hal Leonard Corporation in Milwaukee, WI one of the largest publishers of printed music in the world. Michael 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.

Mr. Sweeney is a 1977 graduate of Indiana University (Bloomington), where he earned a bachelor's degree in music education and studied composition with Bernard Heiden, John Eaton and Donald Erb. Prior to working for Hal Leonard he was a band director in Ohio and Indiana, working with successful concert, jazz and marching programs at all levels from elementary to high school.

A winner of multiple ASCAP awards, his Ancient Voices (1994) and Imperium (1992) are featured in the acclaimed Teaching Music Through Performance series by GIA Publications. Other works such as Black Forest Overture (1996), The Forge of Vulcan (1997), Distant Thunder of the Sacred Forest (2003) and Celtic Air & Dance (2007) have become staples in the repertoire for middle school bands. He has received commissions ranging from middle school and high school bands to the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Canadian Brass. His works appear on numerous state contest lists and his music is regularly performed throughout the world. Michael is also in demand as a clinician and conductor for honor bands and festivals.

Michael resides in the Milwaukee area where he enjoys fishing and playing traditional Irish music. 

Publications by Michael Sweeney

Clinic Information

Two ways to participate - Audition for top band OR Director recommendation for other bands.

Audition for the top band -  Due November 20th

Complete the Auditioned Student Registration Form filling out all information for your auditioning students.

Send in your student's audio audition by email to by November 20.

Use your state's All State Audition materials for consideration in the top band.  Those who audition for the top band but do not make it will automatically be considered for the other bands. If you are unable to send mp3/wav files by email please mail cd's to:

FLC Music
Attn: Shauna Blaylock
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO  81301

Director Recommendation - Due November 20th

Complete the Non Auditioned Student Registration Form filling out all information for your students.  We will choose up to 15 students (NOT including those who audition for and make the top band) from each school.  This is new as in the past the limit was 15 students across all bands.  You could have 15 in the top band and 15 in the other bands.

Middle School Band by director recommendation only. Directors send in your registration today! Use the Middle School Registration Form.

Fee for the clinic is $20 per student

Please email Shauna Blaylock if you require an invoice.