Documentaries & Music

Guitar Instruction Inquiry


2000-2002- University of Southern Maine, B.A. – History – Phi Alpha Theta

1998-2000 - University of Montana

1998- Rocky Mountain School of Photography, Summer Intensive, Missoula, MT.

Grants & Fellowships Received

Maine Arts Commission Performing and Media Arts fellowship (2013)

Maine Arts Commission Arts & Visibility Grant (2013)

Maine Arts Commission Good Idea Grant (2013)

Horizon Foundation- Received a grant to present In the Blood in Maine schools (2012)

Maine Humanities Council, Major Grant (2011)

Maine Arts Commission Good Idea Grant (2011)

The Maine Frontier Soundtrack (2014)

Select Visual History (2013)

In The Blood Soundtrack (2011)

Something Very New England About This View, (2010 Heat Death Records, Manchester UK)
What A Great Place To Be (2008)

Two If By Sea (2006)

Night Blooming Cereus (2005)

Closing The Circle- Score (2005)

North, (2004)

Solo Acoustic Guitar (2003)

Streams (2002)

Design (2002)

Pictures For Stories (1997)

The Maine Frontier: Through the Lens of Isaac Simpson (2014)
In the Blood: An Illustration of the Legendary Maine Lumbermen & River Drivers (2011)

Touring experience

2011-current: Toured Maine with In the Blood (with Joshua Robbins- bass guitar)

2003-current: Perform regionally with the Sumner McKane Group in various lineups
2004-current: Performing over 100 shows a year, from Maine to Tennessee, with contemporary folk/country artist, Don Campbell

2001-2004: Toured from Maine to Tennessee with country singer, Jenny Paquette

1998-2000: Toured the Northwest U.S., playing solo finger-style guitar

1998-2000: Toured the Northwest U.S., with Montana-based singer, Amber Marie Alameda
1993-1997: Performed throughout New England with prog-rock power trio, Glass Onion

Teaching experience

2001-current: Guitar/bass teacher- Buckdancers Choice Music School, Portland, ME
2008-current: Owner and Instructor- Midcoast Guitar School, Wiscasset, ME


Sumner and his longtime bandmate, Josh Robbins, have been performing In The Blood in venues and schools throughout Maine. Sumner is currently recording a full length record of original material, and touring with a new film/live presentation titled The Maine Frontier- Through the Lens of Isaac Simpson.

Sumner has been recording for music libraries that provide music for films, television shows, advertising agencies. He has over 50 songs published in music libraries around the world.

The Sumner McKane Group's most recent tour featured a performance of their live score for the 1920s silent film, Nanook Of The North. The group also performed sections from their score for a feature on National Public Radio's nightly ambient music program, Echoes.

Sumner has scored and created sound design for the Berlin based artist and filmmaker Lucas Zanato- projects include an advertisement for, and Berlin based HDS-UNIONE. Sumner is also currently working on a new film titled Running Rum in the Northeast.