From the Archives with Byron Hanson: January 2014

Crescendo issue: January 2014
As 2013 ended, we were saddened by the passing of Edward Banghart, John Dudd, and David Klein -- three remarkable men whose deep roots at Interlochen reach back to when they shared their first summer here nearly 70 years ago.

John was then a clarinetist in the All-State Band; Ed, a clarinetist in the band and orchestra; and David was testing his mettle in the orchestra’s first violin section against the likes of Donald Johanos, John Dalley, and Norman Paulu, all three of whom would later distinguish themselves in the world of orchestras and chamber music. The archives provide a record of what John, David and Ed achieved in their time at Interlochen, but we want to recall some of the other memorable moments.

In 1948, his third summer at Camp, David was selected to perform Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso with orchestra, as choreographed by Hildegarde Lewis for the final dance concert. While many would assume he, too, was destined for a career in music, David elected instead to study medicine and became a noted urologist. There was never any doubt that music remained his real passion and sparked his lifelong support for Interlochen, and how he became the virtual ”father” of the Cleveland Quartet. It was through David’s generosity that we were privileged to hear at Interlochen some of the initial concerts of this ensemble that would soon rise to the ranks of America’s finest string quartets. David continued to visit Interlochen nearly every year and when he stopped by during what he then knew would be the last summer of his life, he was as optimistic as ever, relishing memories of the past, but most excited about what the future can bring to the institutions he treasured.

John Dudd was a leader from the start, earning recognition both as the outstanding camper in High School Boys, and as recipient of the Sinfonia Medal for leadership, musicianship and campmanship. When he moved his family to Interlochen in the Academy’s early days, John proved to be a man with a wide range of interests, and to say he was enthusiastic about everything he did would be the understatement of the century. He loved playing music, hunting, canoeing, swimming, scouting, American history, genealogy, and teaching. His enjoyment in any of these pursuits couldn’t help but infect his friends and especially the Arts Academy students during the eight years he served as Director of Admissions. No doubt this week’s cold snap will remind some Academy alumni of a time they nearly froze to the bottom of an aluminum canoe while John paddled along the Betsie River, oblivious to their suffering, but rejoicing at the sight of a wood duck or piliated woodpecker!

Ed Banghart was a great reader and happy to share his encyclopedic knowledge of Shakespeare, music literature (operas in particular), Michigan folksongs, and the American Civil War with all who dared venture beyond his sometimes austere presence. It didn’t matter whether he was speaking to a young camper, or an experienced conductor: Ed always could tell them something they hadn’t known before!

Perhaps our longest-serving employee, Ed joined the Camp stage crew after his student years and later became manager of the Intermediate band and orchestra. He joined the Academy administration in 1965 until Roger Jacobi appointed him to oversee the construction of Corson Auditorium and this led to his becoming its full-time manager. It is with Corson that he would thereafter be associated, right up to the end of his life when he presided as front-of-house manager for a Traverse Symphony Concert in Corson two days before his passing. He had counselled generations of students, staff, and volunteers in his pre-performance meetings with the ushers, reminding them of their importance to the public, and the need to be especially patient with what he termed the “fluid audiences” - the families with young children in constant motion.  

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