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St. Norbert College Mid-Level Honors Band Festival

From St. Norbert College, November 2, 2006
by Meredith Meier,, (920) 403-3089

St. Norbert College will host the 18th Annual Mid-Level Honors Band Festival on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. in the Walter Theatre, Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts. Admission is free and open to the public.

The concert features special guest conductors and clinicians Edward Huckeby and James Swearingen. The festival is comprised of over 250 young musicians from over 70 northeastern Wisconsin schools. The Honors Bands is split into a 7th and 8th grade ensemble and a 9th grade ensemble. Each will perform musical programs from a variety of pieces arranged or composed by Swearingen or Huckeby.

Huckeby is currently associate vice president for Academic Affairs at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma where he serves as the chief administrative officer for the Tulsa and Broken Arrow campuses. Prior to this appointment, he was an arts administrator for Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Inc., Oklahoma's premiere international ballet company. He also holds the title of emeritus professor of Music at Northwestern Oklahoma State University where he has served as music department chairman and dean of the graduate school for 22 years.

Swearingen is noted as a performer, composer, arranger and educator. He has earned degrees from Bowling Green State University and Ohio State University. Swearingen is currently professor of Music, department chair of Music Education and one of several resident composers at Capital University located in Columbus, Ohio. He also serves as a staff arranger for the Ohio State University marching band. Prior to his appointment at Capital University in 1987, he spent eighteen years teaching instrumental music in the public schools of central Ohio.

For more information, contact the St. Norbert Box Office at (920) 403-3950 or (800) 762-2699 or visit