Brendan Sweeney (he/him/his) is a composer, trumpeter, arranger, and writer living in Florida.
A native of the gulf coast, his new work looks to incorporate the unique environment and landscape of his home into his music. Brendan’s music strives to connect the conceptual with the visceral, often exploring form, parallels with other artistic disciplines, and the idiosyncrasies of the medium itself. His works center on impermanence, metamodernism, polyaesthetisics, and the synthesis of aleatory and systematic techniques. His music has been performed across the United States as well as in Italy, Austria, France, and Canada. His teachers have included Scott Lee, James Paul Sain, Paul Richards, Paul Koonce, and Tyler Kline. He has also worked with Reinhard Fuchs and Justin Dello Joio.
Brendan is most excited when working on collaborations with new music performers and ensembles. His works have been interpreted by loadbang, Unheard-Of// Ensemble, Sputter Box, Ensemble PHACE, Bold City Contemporary Ensemble, Florida New Music Ensemble, The ___ Experiment, Splinter Tongue Quartet, Skware Clarinet Quartet, EuBA Quartet, UF Brass Choir, the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, the Hutchens-Myers Duo, the Of Wind and Wood Trio, Irvine Arditti, and Ben Elgan.
As a trumpeter, Brendan has been performing and teaching for 12 years. Brendan was a member of the USF ‘16 / ’17 Trumpet Ensemble who performed in the semi-finals large ensemble division of the 2017 National Trumpet Competition in Denver, Colorado. In his masters studies he performed with the University of Florida Wind Symphony, and the University Big Band - Travelling to perform with them in the 2019 La Croix Valmer Festival in France. He also performed at the 2019 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Miami with the UF Trumpet Ensemble. Brendan also plays solo cornet with the Tampa Brass Band, and is a regular with the Florida Big Band based out of New Port Ritchie, FL and has subbed in with various professional and semi-professional ensembles across the State.
Brendan is a member of The American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP), the International Society of Jazz Composers and Arrangers (ISJAC), the Society of Composers International (SCI) and the International Trumpet Guild (ITG), as well as an Alumni Brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity.
Brendan is currently pursuing a PhD in Music Composition as a fellow at the University of Florida.