In recognition of Jazz Appreciation Month, the Luther College Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Juan Tony Guzmán, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus.
The 2015 Jazz Orchestra tour program includes standards by Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Horace Silver, Pat Metheny, Thelonius Monk, Astor Pizzolla and George Gershwin. A variety of student soloists and Jon Ailabouni, Luther's jazz trumpet instructor, will be featured throughout the program.
As one of Luther's four major touring ensembles, the Jazz Orchestra maintains an annual Midwest tour schedule. Every four years the group travels internationally, most recently to Brazil in 2012. There the ensemble was featured in the "Festival No Improviso" in Curitiba and performed in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. 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.
Guzmán, Luther College professor of music, 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 degree in music from Luther and a degree in electromechanical engineering from the Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in Santiago, Dominican Republic. He frequently serves as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator in North America, Central and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
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.