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Nancy Seward

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Nancy Seward (9 August 1930, Henryetta, Ok. – 9 November 2003, Richmond, Mo.) was an American composer and conductor.

Seward received a B.M.E. cum laude from Central Methodist College, Fayette, Mo., and did graduate work at the University of Michigan, the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She served as a conductor of wind bands for 38 years, teaching in Leavenworth, Excelsior Springs, Ruskin, Stet, Richmond and Polo High Schools, and Central Methodist College in Fayette, Missouri. Under her direction, the Ruskin High School band performed in the 1960 Tournament of Roses Parade, and the Richmond High School band won the second place trophy at the International Youth and Music Festival in Vienna, Austria, in 1981. She was also an instrumental music clinician and adjudicator throughout the Midwest and in Canada.

Seward was a member of many musical organizations, including the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE), National Band Association, Women Band Directors International, Music Educators National Conference, National Federation Interscholastic Music Association, Missouri Music Educators' Association, Missouri Bandmasters Association, Missouri Women Band Directors Association, Midwest Clarinet Society, Phi Beta Music Fraternity, and the Phi Beta Mu honorary music fraternity. She was inducted into the Missouri Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame in 1993, and her compositions appear on the approved music contest list of many states and in Japan. She was listed in Marquis' Who's Who of American Women in 2000 and 2001, Outstanding People of the Twentieth Century, Robert John Garland, Who's Who in America in 2002 and 2004, Who's Who in the World and 2000 Outstanding Musicians in the 20th Century.


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