Academy Band

The Interlochen Arts Academy Band presents frequent concerts of unparalleled quality and diversity. Performances feature collaborations with renowned soloists, composers, and artists from all genres. The band also appears regularly in live online performances and on public radio.

The Academy Band is at the forefront of exploring new collaborative performance formats. Recently the band premiered a work by Angel Lam that combined film and storytelling in a concert memorial to the 50th anniversary of JFK.

Woodwind, brass and percussion students are placed into either orchestra or band based on preliminary auditions. Archived audio can be found on the Interlochen Public Radio website.

2015-16 Repertoire

September 26
David Biedenbender-- Luminescence
Richard Wagner--Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral
Samuel Barber-- Commando March

October 23
Percy Grainger- Theme from "Green Bushes"
Frank Zappa- The Dog Breath Variations
W.A. Mozart/Wendt- Overture to the Marriage of Figaro
Leonard Bernstein/Lavender- Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Donald Grantham- Southern Harmony

November 19
Hector Berioz/Whitwell- Grande Symphonie Funèbre et Triomphale
Amilcare Ponchielli- Il Convegno; with guest artists John Bruce Yeh and Emil Khudyev
Carl Orff- Carmina Burana
Henry Fillmore- Circus Bee

December 17
Sounds of the Season (holiday music)

February 13
"Out of this World" (this concert also involves a collaboration with Alpena Middle School Band under the baton of Raymond Reynolds)
    Vincent Persichetti - Divertimento for Band
    Brahms - Blessed are They
    Michael Colgrass - Winds of Nagual
    Mason Bates - Mothership

March 10
"When We Were Children"
    Dvorak - Serenade for winds, op. 44
    Carter Pann - Hold this Boy and Listen
    Percy Granger - Children's March
    David Holsinger - Childhood Hymn
    John Mackey - Frozen Cathedral

April 9
"Detroit to Rio"
    Turina-- La procession du Rocio
    Copland Emblems
    Villa Lobos - Sexteto Místico
    Paul Rudy - Death's thin melody too…
    William Rhoads - Brazilian Folks Song Suite

April 21-22-- Composers in Context
    Bach - Fantasia in G
    Nico Muhly - Ta and Clap
    Brahms - Blessed are They
    Crumb - Ancient Voices of Children
    Schoenberg - Variations 43a
    Higdon - Fanfare Ritmico

May 25-28-- Festival
Charles Ives - Country Band March
Scott McAllister - Gone
Nathaniel Heyder - (Detroit to Rio Composition)
King - The Melody Shop
Molly Monohan - (student composition)

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Viola concerto commissioned for Interlochen Arts Academy Band

Interlochen leads consortium of national universities to produce first viola concerto by acclaimed composer James Syler.

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Dr. Matthew Schlomer

Director, Arts Academy Band, Interlochen Arts Academy; Instructor of Classical Saxophone, Interlochen Arts Academy; Instructor of Saxophone, Interlochen Arts Camp; Conductor, Interlochen Symphony Orchestra; Guest Director, World Youth Wind Symphony