Samuel R. Hazo (b. 1966), recipient of the National Band Association's 2001 Biennial Composition Award, has received commissions at the professional, university and public school levels in addition to composing original scores for television, radio and the stage. His original symphonic compositions include performances with actors Brooke Shields, James Earl Jones, David Conrad and Richard Kiley. He has also written symphonic arrangements for three-time Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams. His works have been premiered at the Music Educators' National Conference (State & National), Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic, National Band Association Convention, Texas Bandmaster's Convention, and also aired in full-length programs on National Public Radio. Premiering performance ensembles include a variety of professional ensembles, university ensembles, all-state bands and honors bands.
Mr. Hazo has served as a music teacher at every educational grade level, kindergarten through college, including tenure as a high school and university band director. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Duquesne University where he served on the Board of Governors and was awarded as Duquesne's Outstanding Graduate in Music Education. Mr. Hazo serves as a clinician and is currently on the music faculty in the Upper St. Clair School District. His original compositions are published by Boosey & Hawkes (New York/London), FJH Music and Wingert-Jones Publications. He resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his wife and two children.