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James Swearingen is an American composer and arranger. He holds a Master’s Degree from the Ohio State University and a Bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University and is Professor of Music Emeritus, Department Chair of Music Education at Capital University, Columbus, Ohio.
The music he writes is part of a small genre played in American high school band classes as Concert Literature, generally two- to six-minute-long pieces played for high school band concerts. He is a recipient of several ASCAP awards.
Mr. Swearingen is currently one of several resident composers at Capital University and is also a staff arranger for the Ohio State University Marching Band. Prior to his appointment at Capital in 1987, he spent eighteen years teaching instrumental music in the public schools of central Ohio. His first teaching assignment was in Sunbury, Ohio. He then spent fourteen years as Director of Instrumental Music at Grove City High School, teaching marching, concert and jazz bands.
Swearingen is also a guest conductor, adjudicator and educational clinician in the USA and internationally. He has travelled throughout the United States, Japan, Australia, Europe, Canada and The Republic of China.
With over 600 published works, he has written band compositions and arrangements in a variety of musical forms and styles. Many of his pieces, including 81 commissioned works, have been chosen for contest[which?] and festival lists. He is a recipient of several ASCAP awards[which?] for published compositions and in 1992 was selected as an Accomplished Graduate of the Fine and Performing Arts from Bowling Green State University. Most recently, he received the 2002 Community Music Educator Award given annually by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA), MENC: The National Association for Music Education, American School Band Directors Association (ASBDA), Phi Beta Mu, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. In March 2000, he was invited to join the American Bandmasters Association.
Several of Swearingen's band compositions have been recorded by The Washington Winds and are available on compact discs from Walking Frog Records. His recordings include In All Its Glory, Exaltation, Panther in the Sky, Celebration For Winds And Percussion, The Light Of Dawn, and the newest release, Flight of Valor.
|In All its Glory||1989||4||6:03|
|All Glory Told||1995||3||6:30|
|An American Portrait||1998||3||6:00|
|And the Angels Called||2005||3||6:58|
|Blue Ridge Saga||1990||3||6:27|
|Bring It On Home||1993||3|
|Big Brass Attack||1987||3|
|Bunker Hill Overture||1994||2||3:33|
|Carnival Del Soul||1991||3|
|Celebration and Dance||1991||3.5||5:36|
|Celebration for Winds and Percussion||1999||3||5:56|
|Children of the Shrine||2000||3||2:33|
|Clark County Celebration||2007||2||4:32|
|Color Of The Guard||1980||3|
|(The Legend of) Danny Boy||2000||3||2:20|
|Dawn of a New Day||1993||3.5||5:55|
|A Distant Light||2009||2.5||2:28|
|Eiger (Journey to the Summit)||2007||3||5:37|
|Entrance of the Tall Ships||2001||2||2:13|
|Flight of Valor||2003||3.5||6:14|
|Follow the River||2004||3||3:24|
|Get On Down||3|
|Go For It||3|
|Gotta Get Down||3|
|Grand Canyon Overture|
|Heroes and Glory||1|
|Hot Samba Nueva||3|
|How Firm Thy Friendship|
|Ignite the Night||2004||2.5|
|In the Presence of Heroes|
|In the Wake of Spring||2002||1.5||2:02|
|In the Winter of 1730: A River's Journey||2003||3||5:16|
|In Time of Triumph|
|Into the Joy of Spring||2001||3.5||6:14|
|In Quest of Uluru||2002|
|Just Do It!||1992||3|
|La Fiesta Brava||1985||3|
|The Legend of the Nighthawk|
|The Light Eternal||1992||4||7:35|
|The Light of Dawn||1998||2.5||4:27|
|Make a Joyful Noise!||2004||3||6:21|
|Novena (Rhapsody for Band)||1980||3||5:44|
|Ol' Glory March|
|Panther in the Sky||2004||2.5||3:35|
|Park Street Celebration||1980||2|
|Prelude and Energico||1996||2.5||4:12|
|Of Pride And Celebration||1987||3||6:27|
|A Song of Hope||2002||2||2:35|
|In Times of Triumph||2002||3||5:35|
|A Vision of Majesty||1998||4||7:30|
|When Kings Go Forth|
|Where the River Flows||1994||3||7:12|
|The Distant Castle|
|Of Time and Change||2014||3||5:25|
Air of nobility
According to Swearingen's web site, he grades the difficulty of performing his compositions using the following scale:
- 1 - Easy (for first year beginning bands)
- 2 - Medium Easy (for second and third year bands)
- 3 - Medium (for intermediate or early high school bands)
- 4 - Medium Difficult (for most high school bands)
- "Capital University Band Festival - Capital University". www.capital.edu.
- "Arrangers". 28 July 2015.
- "Data" (PDF). www.midwestclinic.org.
- "Festival of Music - Worlds of Fun". festival.worldsoffun.com.
- "Adjudicators". Music.carowinds.com. 2005-09-01. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
- "Program" (PDF). coloradobandmasters.org. 2014.
- "James Swearingen - Our Composers - C. L. Barnhouse Company". www.barnhouse.com.
- "James Swearingen". prezi.com.
- "Review" (PDF). www.msbandmasters.com. 2017.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-08-15. Retrieved 2009-07-06.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)