Luther College Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Band to perform Sept. 21

Luther College Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Band will perform in concert at 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 in Marty's CyberCafé in the Dahl Centennial Union on Luther campus.

The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Recognized as one of the most outstanding liberal arts college jazz ensembles in the Upper Midwest, the 20-member Jazz Orchestra performs in a variety of styles, ranging from the swinging tunes of Duke Ellington to the rhythmical beats of Brazilian samba. The Jazz Orchestra tours abroad every year, most recently traveling to Brazil in 2012. The group has recorded two albums, "On the Move" (2003) and "Transformations" (2011).

The Jazz Orchestra is under the direction of Juan Tony Guzmán, Luther associate professor of music and education.

Guzmán holds the bachelor's degree from Luther, the master's degree and an associate degree from Florida State University as well as a degree in electromechanical engineering from the Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in Santiago, Dominican Republic. He frequently serves as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator at music events nationwide.

The Jazz Band covers the jazz tradition of big band swing while also exploring contemporary genres and new jazz compositions. They perform regularly throughout the year, at events such as Family Weekend and "Homecoming Jazz at Marty's." Students who participate in the Jazz Band also have the opportunity to participate in a jazz combo, vocal jazz and study jazz improvisation and composition.

The Jazz Band is under the direction of Jon Ailabouni, Luther adjunct faculty in music.

Ailabouni holds the bachelor's degree from Luther and the master's degree from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich. He has toured internationally in Brazil, Puerto Rico and France and as a first year faculty member, he hopes to direct great music in both large and small ensembles.

Luther College is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the world with seven choirs, three orchestras, three bands, four jazz groups and nearly 1,000 student musicians. Luther students perform in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 350 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, church music and performance.