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Mr. O'Neill Sanford

Mr. O’Neill Sanford, Visiting Professor of Music and Director of Bands


transmtt Mr. O’ Neill Sanford is the Founder and President of the HBCU National Band Directors’ Consortium, founder of the HBCU “Battle Fest” Battle of the Bands, and served as the Director of Bands at Norfolk State University from 1997 to 2011. Since becoming a music educator in 1965, he has held the following positions: Director of Bands, Sevier High School, Ferriday, LA; Marching Band Arranger and Trombone Instructor, Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena, MS; Band Director, Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA; Symphonic and Marching Band Director, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN; and Director of Bands, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. Sanford’s works for the marching band, jazz ensemble and concert band are performed throughout the United States and Europe. The St. Paul Civic Orchestra commissioned his work for orchestra and choir, Lift Every Voice. He wrote The Bicentennial Fanfare for the University of Pittsburgh’s Bicentennial; Pitts is It! – a spirit song; The Chancellors March and his 1991 composition, “The President’s March”, which was performed by the United States Navy Band, and is currently being performed throughout the United States.