Luther College Concert Band to perform Homecoming Concert

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April 10 performance held at the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall

The Luther College Concert Band, under the direction of Joan deAlbuquerque, will perform their homecoming concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. The concert is the culmination of the Concert Band's 2018 Midwest Tour.

The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The program features a range of both traditional and contemporary band literature, including "Centennial Celebration Fanfare" by John Carnahan, "Lullaby for Noah" by Joseph Turrin, "Gumsuckers March" by Percy Grainger, "Dance Movements" by Philip Sparke, "Danzon No. 2" by Arturo Marquez, "Starsplitter" by Philip Rothman, and "Two-Lane Blacktop" by James David.

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.  The college's Concert Band is now one of the oldest touring organizations in the nation. The ensemble tours every year, with international travel every four years. Nearly 60 student musicians, representing a variety of academic majors, perform with the band. Many are also involved in choir, orchestra or a jazz ensemble. 

deAlbuquerque has served as director of bands at Luther College since 2011. She earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in wind conducting from the University of North Texas as a student of Eugene Migliaro Corporon. She holds a Master of Music in wind conducting and a Bachelor of Arts in music education from Michigan State University. 

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the world with six choirs, three bands, three orchestras, two jazz bands and nearly 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 250 music majors study music theory/ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.