Sean Sumwalt is a 2007 graduate of Muncie Southside High School. He has been a member of the Indiana Bandmasters Association Honor Band and the Indiana Music Educators Association Honor Band. He has twice been featured soloist with the six-time Indiana State Fair Band Day Champion “Spirit of South” Marching Band and has received numerous Gold Ratings at Indiana State School Music Association District and State Festivals as both a soloist and ensemble member.
While in high school Sean studied saxophone with Nick Brightman and music composition with Michael Schelle.
Sean began composing for small ensembles when he was a high school freshman and also wrote some special arrangements for the Southside High School basketball pep band.
“Phenomenon Of Chance” was his first composition for symphonic band. The piece was premiered in the fall of 2006 by the Indianapolis Symphonic Band. His second work for symphonic band, “Butterfiles”, was premiered by the Indianapolis Symphonic Band in March of 2009.
Sean has composed six scores for the Ball State film department and one score for the Marian University film composition workshop with Kevin Kiner. Sean was selected to participate in the 2010 NYU film scoring workshop. He was one of 19 composers selected from the United States, Canada and Europe.
Sean is music arranger and composer for the Muncie Southside marching band, and works on the marching tech and music staff during the summer months. He is currently a Senior composition major at Ball State University. He studies composition with Dr. Jody Nagel, saxophone with Dr. George Wolf, and performs in the top jazz ensemble, directed by Mark Buselli, and the BSU Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Thomas Caneva. He has also had private composition sessions with Carter Pann, Donald Grantham, John Mackey and Christopher Young. He continues to study with Michael Schelle at Butler University in Indianapolis.
Sean has received positive feedback on several compositions by prominent composers such as Samuel Hazo, Robert Sheldon, David Gillingham, Andrew Boysen Jr., Michael Daugherty, John Mackey, Carter Pann, Brian Balmages, Donald Grantham, Kevin Kiner, and Christopher Young.
Sean is a member of ASCAP as both a composer and publisher.