Mark Sweeney is the newly appointed Lecturer of Trombone at the University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton School of Music. Prior to this appointment, Sweeney has been a freelance teacher and performer in the Lawrence, Topeka, and Kansas City areas after completing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree with a concentration in Trombone Performance from The University of Kansas in 2018.
Sweeney has performed as an orchestral trombonist with the Sioux City Symphony, the orchestra for the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest 2016, and joined the sub list for the Topeka Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed as a jazz lead trombonist at notable locations such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, The John F. Kennedy Center, Montreux Jazz Festival, Jazz à Vienne, Umbria Jazz Festival, Monterey NextGen Jazz Festival and on recordings selected for outstanding DownBeat awards.
A native of Maine who grew up mostly in North Carolina, Sweeney also earned the Master of Music degree in Trombone Performance from the University of South Dakota and the Bachelor of Music in Music Education from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro