The Luther College Concert Band was formed in 1878, laying the foundation for what would become the college's long-standing tradition of musical excellence. Directed by Joan deAlbuquerque, Concert Band is now one of the oldest touring organizations in the nation and ranks among the country's outstanding undergraduate college bands.
From its beginnings as a student-directed brass and percussion ensemble formed with instruments from a discontinued community band, Concert Band rose to its current position of prestige with deAlbuquerque through the influential directorships of Carlo Sperati (1905-1943), Weston Noble (1948-1973), and Frederick Nyline (1973-2011).
Throughout its long history, Concert Band has enjoyed performance opportunities in the United States, Western Europe, and Japan. In 2013, the band toured Iceland and Norway, nearly 100 years after its first Norwegian tour. The ensemble tours every year, with international travel every four years. The next international tour year is 2017.
The band has recently been honored with performances at the 2014 North Central Regional Conference of the College Band Director's National Association in Muncie, Indiana and the 2013 Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference in Des Moines, Iowa. This year, Concert Band has been invited to be the reading band at the North Central College Band Directors National Association conference at Iowa State University.
Concert Band's most recent recording, Morning Sun Upon the Wild Prairie Rose, is available at tour performances and through the Luther College Book Shop.