He then picked up the valve trombone and Electronic Wind Instrument to continue his music profession. He began his career in his hometown of Philadelphia in local clubs. He played in Big Bands, organ combos and finally with musicians of the hard bop mainstream.
Swana also worked with musicians including Ralph Bowen, Orrin Evans, Charles Fambrough, Herwig Gradischnig, Jimmy Greene, J. Doctorate. Walter, Joel Weiskopf, and Bobby Zankel.