Trent Kynaston Surprise Tribute

Saxophone Professor Trent Kynaston was recently presented with a surprise tribute at the closing concert of the Western Invitational Jazz Festival, a festival Kynaston started 32 years ago.  Kynaston, who also started the jazz program at WMU,  is retiring this Spring after 39 years of teaching.  The surprise tribute was complete with former students, colleagues and family who traveled from various places around the U.S to Kalamazoo; a commissioned arrangement of his composition ‘Bricolage’ for big band; an arrangement of his composition ‘Warrior Temple’ for nonet by student Tommy Proulx; appearances by alums Carl Cafagna and John Wojciechowski;  a scrap book full of over 100 letters from past students; the announcement of the Trent Kynaston Jazz Saxophone Scholarship; an appearance by School of Music Director David Colson and the Provost, Tim Greene; and a proclamation by Mayor Bobby Hopewell.  The concert concluded with Kynaston conducting a Don Ellis piece for big band.  Congratulations Professor Kynaston on a lifetime of teaching, performing and inspiring all of us!