Luther College Varsity Band concert Nov. 14

The Luther College Varsity Band will perform a concert titled, "Standard Time" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on Luther's campus.

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

"Standard Time" features music from the classic wind band tradition. Musical highlights include Gustav Holst's "First Suite in Eb," Julius Fucik's "Florentiner March" and John Barnes Chance's "Variations on a Korean Folksong."

Varsity Band has a membership of approximately 100 students. The band appears at a variety of events throughout the year including Chapel services, Family Weekend events, Dorian Band Festival Performance and its own formal concert each semester.

The ensemble, a normal step in the direction of eventual Wind and Percussion Ensemble or Concert Band membership, is under the direction of Brent Dodson, Luther visiting assistant professor of music.

Dodson, trumpeter and conductor, has been an active teaching artist for more than 15 years.  He holds the bachelor's degree and Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, as well as the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California.  

He has performed with groups such as the Metropolitan Opera, Charleston Symphony, Moscow Chamber Orchestra and Thornton Jazz Orchestra.  As a studio musician, he has performed for numerous television, film and video game soundtracks, including ABC's "Wide World of Sports," A&E's "Biography" and PBS's "Reading Rainbow."

Dodson has taught on behalf of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and VH1's Save the Music Foundation, as well as at Santa Monica College.  Most recently, he was the Director of Instrumental Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Waldorf College.

Dodson, new to the Luther faculty in 2012, teaches applied trumpet, trumpet methods, chamber music and directing the Varsity Band.