[Joan deAlbuquerque]The Luther College Concert Band was formed in 1878, beginning the college's long-standing tradition of band excellence. Directed by Dr. Joan deAlbuquerque, Concert Band is one of the oldest touring organizations in the nation and ranks among the country's outstanding college bands.
The band was recently selected from a deep pool of applicants to perform at the 2014 North Central Divisional Conference of the College Band Director's National Association in Muncie, Indiana. This honor follows an invitation to perform at the 2013 Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference in Des Moines and an international tour to Iceland and Norway.
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 multi-decade directorships of Carlo Sperati (1905-1943), Weston Noble (1948-1973), and Frederick Nyline (1973-2011). The ensemble is rich in tradition, most apparent through the inclusion of the selections Who Puts His Trust in God Most Just and Stars and Stripes Forever at the end of almost every concert.
Throughout its 135-year history, Concert Band has enjoyed unrivaled performance opportunities in the United States, Western Europe, and Japan. The ensemble tours every year, with international travel every four years.
Composed by Ron Nelson
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