Arts Academy band celebrates Kimpton’s career

March 14, 2017

The Interlochen Arts Academy Band performed a tribute to the musical career of Interlochen Center for the Arts President Jeffrey Kimpton.

Kimpton, who is retiring at the end of May, took the podium for the last time as the president Interlochen Center for the Arts to conduct the March 10 concert. The performance honored Kimpton’s early career as a band director in Minnesota, and included works from his first convention performance, a solo by one of his former students, one of his favorite selections for band and the Apple Valley Fight Song, which he helped write.

“For our students, it has been an opportunity to share with a man who has dedicated his life to the arts, who followed his passion for arts education and who remains profoundly motivated by the power that the arts have to stir something inside each of us," said Band Director Matthew Schlomer.