Varsity Band and Wind and Percussion Ensemble Concert on April 19

The Luther College Varsity Band and Luther's Wind and Percussion Ensemble will present a concert at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Varsity Band will perform "Concord" by Clare Grundman, "Mexican Folk Fantasy" by Frank Erickson, "Blow the Man Down" by Walter Ross featuring the Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble and "Vesuvius" by Frank Ticheli.

The Luther College Varsity Band includes approximately 80 students, and performs at a variety of events throughout the year including chapel services, Family Weekend, Dorian Band Festival and its own formal concert each semester.

The Wind and Percussion Ensemble will perform Second Suite in F by Gustav Holst, "Pacem" by Robert Spittal, "Bugs" by Roger Cichy and "El Capitan" by John Philip Sousa.

The Wind and Percussion Ensemble is a group of 60 select band students, determined by audition. In addition to Family Weekend and Dorian Band Festival performances, the Wind and Percussion Ensemble gives a formal concert each semester.

Both the Varsity Band and the Wind and Percussion Ensemble are directed by Joan deAlbuquerque, Luther associate professor of music and director of bands.

Appointed director of bands at Luther in 2011, deAlbuquerque earned a bachelor's degree in music education from Michigan State University, a master's degree in wind conducting from Michigan State University and a doctoral degree in wind conducting from the University of North Texas.

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 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. Nearly 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.