The Luther College Concert Band and Jazz Orchestra will perform together for a Music Showcase, part of Luther's Commencement weekend events, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 22, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life.
The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Joan deAlbuquerque, director of bands and associate professor of music, directs the Concert Band and Juan Tony Guzmán, associate professor of music and director of the jazz program, directs the Jazz Orchestra.
Concert Band will perform the four movements of "Paris Sketches" by Martin Ellerby; "Irish Tune from County Derry" by Percy A. Grainger; "Masque" by Kenneth Hesketh; "Who Puts His Trust in God Most Just" by Bach, arranged by James Croft; and "Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Philip Sousa.
Jazz Orchestra will perform "Song of Bilbao" by Pat Metheny, arranged by Alan Baylock; "Teach Me Tonight" with words by Sammy Cahn, music by Gene DePaul and arranged by Sammy Nestico; "Chinoiserie" by Duke Ellington, transcribed and edited by David Berger; and "Cherokee" by Ray Noble, arranged by Gary Lindsay.
The concert will also feature Vocal Jazz, performing "Danny Boy" arranged by Don Sebesky and "Partido Blue" by Michael Phillip Mossman. Composed of 13 vocal students, this student-led ensemble performs at a variety of concerts and events throughout the academic year.
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.
Following her position as associate director of bands at California State University, Long Beach, deAlbuquerque was appointed director of bands at Luther College in 2011. She conducts the Luther College Concert Band, Wind and Percussion Ensemble, and Varsity Band.
She earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in wind conducting from the University of North Texas as a student of Eugene Migliaro Coproron, and holds a Master of Music in wind conducting and a Bachelor of Music Education from Michigan State University.
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 College 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.