The Seacoast Wind Ensemble (SWE), is a community band with approximately 55 members with diverse backgrounds serving New Hampshire, Northern MA, and Southern ME under the direction of Artistic Director, Dr. Mark Stickney, and Assistant Director, Jon Roth.
Dr. Mark Stickney
Dr. Mark A Stickney was appointed the Artistic Director of the Seacoast Wind Ensemble in 2016.
Throughout his 20-year college teaching career, he held conducting, brass teaching, and music
education positions at the Community College of Rhode Island, Oklahoma Panhandle State University,
Plymouth State University, Salve Regina University, and Southern Utah University. An active clinic and
guest conductor, Dr. Stickney has traveled throughout the country working with bands and orchestras of
Currently Dr. Stickney lives in Portsmouth, Rhode Island and is the founder of Historic Music of Newport,
a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the rich musical heritage of Newport, Rhode Island. He
also works part-time for the Preservation Society of Newport County, and serves on the board of
Newport Live Presents.
He received his BA in Music and Religion from Gettysburg College, his MA in Tuba Performance from
Montclair State University (NJ), and his DMA in Wind Conducting from Rutgers University (NJ).
John Roth has been a music educator in Maine and New Hampshire for over 25 years. He is currently director of music at Shapleigh Middle School in Kittery, ME, where he conducts three concert bands, a jazz ensemble, and a middle school chorus as well as teaching 4th and 5th grade general music classes.
Mr. Roth received his bachelor's degree in music education from Gordon College and a master's degree in music from the University of Connecticut. He is also a long-time counselor and coach at the Southern Maine Junior Music Academy summer band camp. He was recently the guest conductor for the Maine District 3 Sixth Grade Honors Music Festival.
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