Kenneth G. Bloomquist
Our founder and first conductor of the reborn Northport Community Band; now the Northport Community Band’s trumpet soloist, section leader, advisor, and Conductor Emeritus for Life!
Kenneth Bloomquist is the retired Director of Bands and also Director of the School of Music at Michigan State University. He is Past President of the both the American Bandmasters Association and the National Band Association. He is also a member of the College Band Directors National Association.
Many Honors have been bestowed upon Professor Bloomquist throughout his distinguished career, including the American School Band Directors Association Harding Award, the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Orpheus Award, the National Band Association Citation of Excellence, induction into the National Band Association’s Academy of Wind and Percussion Arts and the NBA Hall of Fame. In 2004 he was awarded the prestigious Medal of Honor award from The Midwest Clinic, an International Band and Orchestra Conference.
Professor Bloomquist has appeared as guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States, Europe, Scandinavia, Southeast Asia, Japan, Australia and Mexico. In 2000, 2001, 2004, and 2005, he was guest conductor at the Czech Music Camp for Youth in the Czech Republic. In 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2005 he was Conductor-in-Residence at the Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo, Japan. In 2002 and 2003 he conducted adult community concert bands on cruise ships in Hawaii and the Caribbean. He maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the world.