Luther College Varsity Band and Wind and Percussion Ensemble concert

The Luther College Varsity Band and the Wind and Percussion Ensemble will perform a concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther Campus.

Jon Ailabouni, Luther class of 2010 and adjunct faculty in music, directs the Varsity Band and Joan deAlbuquerque, Luther director of bands and associate professor of music, directs the Wind and Percussion Ensemble.

The Varsity Band will perform "A Festival Prelude" by Alfred Reed, "Poetic Intermezzo" by James Barnes, "Cajun Folk Songs" by Frank Ticheli, "Army of the Nile" by Kenneth Alford, "The Peanut Vendor" by Moises Simons and "Psalm 46" by John Zdechik.

Varsity Band includes about 100 students and appears at a variety of events through out the year including Chapel services, a family weekend performance, a Dorian Band Festival performance as well as its own formal concert each semester.

The Wind and Percussion Ensemble will perform "Satiric Dances" by Norman Dello Joio, "A Dream of Coming Home" by John Carnahan and "Exultate" by Samuel Hazo. The ensemble will aslo perform "Enchanted Spaces" by Samuel Hazo. This piece was commissioned by Decorah High School and will be guest conducted by Jim Fritz, director of bands at Decorah High School. Fritz has been teaching in Decorah for 30 years and is retiring this year.

The Wind and Percussion Ensemble is a group of 50 select band students, determined by audition. The ensemble performs at family weekend and the Dorian Band Festival as well as its own formal concert each semester. 

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation with six choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands and nearly 1,000 student musicians. Luther students participate 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.