Luther College will host the 66th annual Dorian Band Festival March 2-3. High school band students, from approximately 125 schools, nominated by their high school directors come to stay on campus for the chance to experience Luther, rehearse with music faculty and perform in concert.
The first festival concert, featuring Luther College bands, begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 2, followed by the Dorian Band Festival Grand Concert at 7 p.m. Monday, March 3.
Both concerts will be held in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus and are open to the public with no charge for admission.
More than 600 students participate in the festival. The bands include two Festival massed bands and the Festival Symphonic Band. The Festival Bands each include 250 players, while the select Festival Symphonic Band, made up of a select number of more experienced students, includes 75 of the most advanced players.
Guest conductors for this year's large Festival bands include Roby George, from Indiana State University, and John Carnahan, from Cal State Long Beach. Joan deAlbuquerque, Luther director of bands and associate professor of music, will direct Symphonic Band. deAlbuquerque earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree and Master of Music degree in wind conducting from Michigan State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in wind conducting from the University of North Texas.
The Dorian Festivals began in 1949 when Weston Noble, Johnson Professor Emeritus of Music, invited 20 schools in the region to bring a few select band students to the Luther campus to participate in a two-day honor band festival, called the Dorian Band Festival. A year later a vocal festival was added. Since then the Dorian Festivals and camps have grown in scope and participation, with more than 90,000 students sharing in the Dorian experience. Luther now offers five Dorian festivals: keyboard, vocal, orchestra, band and choral invitational.
Luther College is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the world with six choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two 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 300 music majors study music theory, music history, education, composition, church music and performance.