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Whether they’re swinging to the tunes of Duke Ellington and Count Basie, making a Brazilian samba come alive, or simply laying down a heavy funk groove, the musicians of the “Superband” (as director Dr. Juan Tony Guzmán calls the ensemble) are guaranteed to make any space alive with musical energy.
As one of Luther College’s four major touring ensembles, the Jazz Orchestra travels annually within the United States and tours abroad every four years. In May 2016, the ensemble made its third trip to Brazil for a three-week, 13-performance immersion in the musical cultures of Rio de Janeiro and the northeastern states of Paraíba, Pernambuco, and Rio Grande do Norte.
In addition to regular performances on the Luther College campus, the Jazz Orchestra has been featured at the Iowa Jazz Championships and Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference. Guest artists and clinicians on campus in recent years include Danilo Perez, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Luciana Souza, Kenny Barron, David Sanchez, and Kurt Elling.
Jazz Orchestra has done three recordings, most recently Aquarela in 2013. A new recording will be released in 2018.
A conductor, composer, arranger, and music educator from the Dominican Republic, professor Juan Tony Guzmán is director of the Luther College Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Program, and holds the Weston Noble Endowed Chair in Music.
Guzmán is a sought-after conductor of all-state and honor choirs, concert bands, jazz bands, and symphony orchestras across the United States. He also frequently serves as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator at festivals across North America, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He has recently done clinics and presentations for the Singapore American School, The Choral Music Experience, Association for Music in International Schools, Universidade Federal da Paraíba and the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil, World Choral Symposium, the Scottish Association for Music Education, and the Festival 500 in Canada.
An active arranger, Guzmán is known for his choral arrangements of Caribbean and Latin American music, some of which are published by Boosey & Hawkes and Oxford University Press.
Guzmán holds a Ph.D. in music education, a certificate in pedagogy of music theory, and a master's degree in music education from Florida State University. He has a bachelor of arts in music education from Luther College and a degree in electromechanical engineering from the Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in Santiago, Dominican Republic.