Varsity Band and Wind Percussion Ensemble to present spring concert April 28

April 21, 2010

The Luther College Varsity Band and Wind and Percussion Ensemble will present their annual spring concert on Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life.

The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.Led by guest conductor James Buzza, coordinator of the Dorian Festival and Dorian Summer Camp, Varsity Band will perform “High School Cadets” by John Philip Sousa and highlights from the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

Directed by Frederick Nyline, Luther professor of music, the band will perform “The Blue and the Gray” by Clare Grundman, “The Dream Catcher” by W. Francis McBeth, “The Heart of the Morn” by H. Owen Reed, “Salvation is Created” by Tschesnokoff as arranged by Bruce Houseknect and “Olympic Fanfare and Theme” by John William as arranged by Jim Curnow.

Richard Tirk, Luther assistant professor of music, will guest conduct the wind and percussion ensemble for the piece “Five Variants of ‘Dives and Lazarus’” by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Under the direction of Nyline, the ensemble will perform “Down a County Lane” by Aaron Copland as arranged by Merlin Patterson, “Exultate” by Samuel Hazo, movements No. 2 and No. 6 from “Lincolnshire Posy” by Percy Grainger, “Carnival” by Paul Basler, “The Daughters of Texas March” by John Philip Sousa, and “The Overture to the Marriage of Figaro” by Mozart as arranged by Earl Slocum.

Varsity Band, with approximately 100 student performers, appears at a variety of events throughout the year, including chapel services, family weekend events and the Dorian Band Festival, and its own formal concert each semester. The band is open to all students on campus.

The Wind and Percussion Ensemble consists primarily of first and second year students. Membership is about 50 students selected by audition. In addition to family weekend performances and a Dorian Band Festival performance, the Wind and Percussion Ensemble gives a full concert each semester.

Frederick Nyline, professor of music at Luther, conducts the Luther College Concert Band, Varsity Band, and the Wind and Percussion Ensemble. He also teaches advanced instrumental conducting. Before joining the Luther faculty in 1973, Nyline served on the faculty of the University of Minnesota as associate director of bands and director of the University Men’s Chorus.

Nyline has been a guest faculty member at the University of Illinois, and director of bands in the Austin, Minn. school system. He has served as guest conductor for the Musashino Academia Musicae Wind Ensemble in Tokyo, Japan five times for three months at a time during the past 14 years.