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.

2016-17 Performances and Repertoire

Saturday, Sept. 24 - Band, Choir, Orchestra
Arnold: Four Scottish Dances
Schumann: George Washington Bridge
Bagley: National Emblem March

Friday, Oct. 21 - Arts Academy Band presents Reformation
Nelson: Medieval Suite
Bach/Hunsberger: Toccata and Fugue in D minor
Strauss: Sonatina I
Strauss/Davis/Fenell: Allerseen
Vaughn Williams: Old Hundredth

Thursday, Nov. 17 - Arts Academy Band presents Pilgrimage
Benson: Dawn’s Early Light
Scenes from the Louvre
Schwantner … and the mountains rising nowhere
Marenzio/Worley: Madrigal
Hansen: Chorale and Alleluia
Shostakovich: Prelude
Adams/Odom: Short Ride in a Fast Machine

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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Archived Recordings


Dr. Matthew Schlomer

Band Conductor, 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