Varsity Band and Wind and Percussion Ensemble

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The Luther College Varsity Band and Luther's Wind and Percussion Ensemble will present a fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, 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 "Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo" by Malcolm Arnold, "Autumn on White Lake" by Samuel R. Hazo and "Where No Man Has Gone Before" by Paul Jennings.

The Luther College Varsity Band includes approximately 100 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 "Coat of Arms" by George Kenny, "Yosemite Autumn" by Mark Camphouse, Third Suite by Robert E. Jager, "Lux Aurumque" by Eric Whitacre and "Red Rock Mountain" by Rossano Galante.

The Wind and Percussion Ensemble is a group of 50 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.

deAlbuquerque was appointed director of bands at Luther in 2011. She 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.

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