Luther College Concert Band to perform March 24 in Decorah

Luther College's Concert Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, at Luther College's Center for Faith and Life, Decorah, Iowa.

The performance, part of Concert Band's Spring Break tour to Minnesota, California and Arizona, is open to the public with no charge for admission.  The concert will be streamed live at stream.luther.edu.

The 2015 Concert Band tour program features a range of both traditional and contemporary band literature including John William's arrangement of "The Star Spangled Banner," "Festive Overture" by Dmitri Shostakovich, "Let the Amen Sound" by Travis Cross, "Bells Across the Atlantic" by Adam Gorb, "The Redwoods" by Rossano Galante, "Scherzo: Cat and Mouse" by Robert Spittal, "Centennial Fanfare" by John Carnahan and Symphony No. 2, Movement III "Apollo Unleased" by Frank Ticheli, "Who Puts His Trust In God Most Just" by Bach, and "Stars and Stripes Forever" John Philip Sousa.

Under the direction of Joan deAlbuquerque, Concert Band maintains one of the longest-running touring programs in the country, with an annual tour schedule that includes international travel every four years, most recently to Iceland and Norway in 2013. Concert Band is the most prestigious of Luther's three-band program and has recently been honored with performances at the 2013 Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference and the 2014 North Central Division Conference of the College Band Directors National Association.

deAlbuquerque was appointed director of bands at Luther College in 2011 following her position as associate director of bands at California State University, Long Beach. As associate professor of music at Luther, she conducts the Luther College Concert Band, Wind and Percussion Ensemble, and Varsity Band.

deAlbuquerque earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting from the University of North Texas as a student of Eugene Migliaro Coproron, and holds a Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting and a Bachelor of Music Education degree 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 numerous chamber ensembles, totaling nearly 1,000 student musicians. Luther's students perform in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 300 music majors study music theory/ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.