The Luther College Concert Band was formed in 1878, laying the foundations 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 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). 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 long 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.
The band has been selected to perform at the 2014 North Central Regional 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.
Luther College hosts two wind bands in addition to Concert Band. Wind and Percussion Ensemble, an auditioned band limited to around fifty participants, is also directed by deAlbuquerque and rehearses three days each week. Varsity Band is open to any student with an interest in continued band participation at the college level and rehearses twice a week. Both ensembles perform regularly on campus. Band students also have the opportunity to participate in the orchestral, jazz, and chamber ensembles on campus, in addition to cheering on the Norse athletic teams in the Luther College Pep Band.
Composed by Ron Nelson
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