Sheldon A. McLean is currently studying Conducting with Dr. Robert Carnochan at the University of Miami in pursuit of his doctoral degree. Mr. McLean earned his Bachelor’s Degree (B.S. 2010) from Florida A&M University(FAMU) and his Master’s Degree (M.M.E. 2015) from The Florida State University. Some of the highlights of his collegiate educational experience include participation in the FAMU Marching 100(NFL Superbowl XLI Halftime with Prince & the 44th United States Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama) and a semester studying abroad in London, UK (Conducting Members of the Royal College of Music & Patronizing the BBC Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall). Very active in the music community, educators, peers, community members and music professionals of various backgrounds frequently boast of Mr. McLean’s talent and innate ability to inspire, motivate and connect with students. He has a sincere interest in developing infrastructure that provides equitable access to inspiring educational experiences. Thriving on the intersectionality of community (youth) development, the popular music industry (and its history), and classical influenced music education, he is constantly in demand as a consultant in music and production spaces.
His presentation spaces include the Florida Music Educators Association professional development conference and the Florida School Music Association leadership training. His global music consultations include work in Nassau, London, Paris, Frankfurt and a host of European cities. His interscholastic work includes consulting as a coordinator for the Broward County Athletic Association All-Star Band and the Miami Dolphins All-Star Band. His bands at Dillard High School consistently earn superior ratings at district and state performance assessments while maintaining a national presence and student exposure radius, performing in cities to include Orlando, FL, Atlanta, GA, New Orleans, LA, Los Angeles, CA, and Indianapolis, IN. Most recently his band traveled to New York City to take masterclasses with members of the New York Philharmonic, patronize a concert at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, tour historic Harlem and present a concert as a featured band at the renowned Carnegie Hall (2020). Sheldon’s guest conducting performances include the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic (2019), the Broward County Young Musician’s Honor Band (2020), the Florida Music Educators Association President’s Concert (2020) and a host of high school band concerts and presentations. Mr. McLean’s musical collaborations include projects with Demondrae Thurman, Israel Houghton, Otis Murphy, Mark Ford, Chandler Wilson, Dunwoody Mirvil, Aaron Spears, Carl Wittrock and Bryan Michael-Cox.
Sheldon’s love, dedication and consistent need for an intimate relationship with music making has been encouraged by Richard Beckford, Dr. Shelby Chipman, Richard Clary, Dr. Shaylor James, Dr. Patrick Dunnigan, Dr. Julian White, Dr. Alexander Jiménez, Dr. Nicholas Thomas, Christopher Dorsey, Israel Charles and Dr. Clifford Madsen.
Mr. McLean is a proud member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity Inc, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc, the National Association for Music Education, Florida Music Educator’s Association, Florida Bandmaster’s Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Percussive Arts Society and the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project.