Sun Prairie Band Department Beat
May 15, 2020
Words Are Not Enough...
Thank You Mr. Rush
The band directors plan to honor Dave by posting a plaque at the airfield where he flies his remote control airplanes (he is the President of the Madison Area Radio Control Society!) If you would like to honor Mr. Rush through a contribution of your own, please consider making a donation to the Bernie Powers Foundation in his name. https://www.bpbf.org/donate.html
Thank You Mr. Sveum
Steve Sveum has been a band director in the Sun Prairie Area School District in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin since 1985. In that time his jazz ensembles have performed at numerous state and national conventions, including the Midwest Clinic with Wynton Marsalis. The jazz ensemble has also been a 13-time finalist in the national “Essentially Ellington” festival and competition, placing third three times.
Mr. Sveums’ wind ensemble has performed at the Wisconsin State Music Conference as well as the MENC (now NAfME) national convention. The wind ensemble is active commissioning new works for concert band. The Sun Prairie High School Wind Ensemble has hosted residencies with composers John Mackey, Jonathan Newman, Sam Hazo, Michael Daugherty, Michael Markowski, Wataru Hokayama, David Maslanka, Richard Saucedo, Charles Rochester Young and many others. The wind ensemble has also performed joint concerts with UW-Madison, Carroll University and UW-Stevens Point as well as an all Frank Ticheli concert with Mr. Ticheli conducting.
Mr. Sveum was a 2014 recipient of the Downbeat Magazine “Jazz Education Achievement Award” and has worked for Jazz at Lincoln as a faculty member of the Band Director Academy in New York, New York; Mesa, Arizona, St. Louis, Missouri and Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He has also been a clinician for “Essentially Ellington” regional festivals around the country. Mr. Sveum has worked for over 18 years as a faculty member at the Birch Creek Music Academy in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin and has been an Illinois district honor jazz ensemble director in three districts across Illinois. Mr. Sveum is a contributing author for the “Teaching Music through Performance in Jazz” series published by GIA.
To be honest, it is hard to put into words ALL of the things Steve Sveum has done for this band program and community. He is a treasure and will be sorely missed.
As with Mr. Rush, if you would like to make a financial contribution in Steve's name, please make a donation to the Bernie Powers Foundation. https://www.bpbf.org/donate.html