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
Arnold Schoenberg- Theme and Variations, op. 43
John Barnes Chance- Elegy
Michael Colgrass- Winds of Nagual
Mason Bates- Mothership

March 10
Anton Dvorak Serenade for winds, op. 44
Carter Pann: Hold this Boy and Listen  
Percy Granger- Children's March
David Holsinger- A Childhood Hymn
John Mackey- The Frozen Cathedral

April 9
Carter Pann - Four Factories
Villa Lobos- Sexteto Místico
Turina-- La procession du Rocio
Paul Rudy--Death's thin melody too…
Rhoads- Brazilian Folks song Suite

April 21-22-- Composers in Context

May 25-28-- Festival
Charles Ives-- Country Band March
McAllister-- Gone
and more

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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
Faculty, Interlochen Saxophone Institute