Kenneth G. Bloomquist, Michigan State University Director of Bands Emeritus, joined the MSU faculty in 1970 as Director of Bands, coming from the University of Kansas where he held that same position. He was Director of the School of Music at MSU
from 1978 to 1988. Degrees were earned at the University of Illinois. Experience includes teaching in the public schools and service in the United States Army.
Significant among his many publications are "The Anatomy of a Rehearsal," published by The Instrumentalist, 198l; "School Band Movement Phase II," Gemeinhardt, 1982, and "Pedal Tone Study for Trumpet," published by the Getzen Company. Conducting, Rehearsal and Adjudication Seminars have been given at National Conferences and Universities throughout the United States and at several locations in Southeast Asia.
He is Past President of the American Bandmasters Association and Past President of the National Band Association. He is also a member of the College Band Directors National Association. Several Honors have been bestowed upon Professor Bloomquist, 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.