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March 19, 2014

Band's music 'examines life'

MILTON —  The Mike Sweigard Band is bringing its songs about life “and all it could be” to Milton Christ Wesleyan Church’s The Well Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. March 21.

Sweigard, lead musician of the group, said the group is in the studio this month working on its third album — its first full-length album — as they prepare for the concert.

The band is also made up of Kyle Anspach, Jared Dimmick and Jake Berge. The rock/pop style band performs many of its own original music but also does covers.

Sweigard did not describe his music as primarily Christian but as music that examines life.

“When we write music we really connect real life with it … songs that encourage people to ask about life and the time we’re given,” he said.

He added that “songs are like children. We want them to be upstanding and ones you will want to introduce people to. Sometimes that’s the case, and sometimes it is not.”

Sweigard has been a musician since elementary school when he began playing piano. He later took up the guitar and began singing. He met Anspach 15 years ago and the two began collaborating. The actual band did not take shape until a year ago.

Sweigard works with the Christ Wesleyan Church as a director of young adult ministries and also helps the youth pastor with events such as The Well Coffeehouse.

He grew up in Milton and went to school in Nashville for seven years where he studied music business and got his master’s degree in education. He is currently working on his credentials in church ministries.

Sweigard said he hopes people will come out to the March 21 concert looking to have a fun time.

“I hope they can pause for a few moments and reflect on what life has been, what it is and what it can be,” he said.

For more information on the concert call the church at (570) 742-8987.

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