Brendan Sweeney (b. 1994) is a Composer, Arranger and Trumpeter.
At 25, Brendan Sweeney’s compositions have over 100 performances across 5 countries and 2 continents. With degrees in both Music and English, many of his works draw influences from literature, philosophy, and poetry. Brendan’s work also explores themes of Wabi-Sabi, meta-modernism, self-reference and collaborations with visual artists and other interdisciplinary projects. Writing for a variety of instrument genres, he has had the pleasure of collaborating with ensembles and soloists including The ___ Experiment, Of Wood and Wind Trio, Bold City Contemporary Ensemble, the Master Chorale Of Tampa Bay, PHACE ensemble of Austria, Splinter Tongue Quartet, and Irvine Arditti.
Brendan is currently residing in Tampa, FL, after earning an M.A. in Music Composition at the University of Florida while studying with Dr. Paul Koonce, Dr. Paul Richards, Dr. James Paul Sain, and Scott Wilson.
As a trumpeter, Brendan has been performing and teaching for 11 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. While at the University of Florida, he performed with the University of Florida Wind Symphony, and the University Big Band. Brendan is also 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.