Luther College Concert Band to perform Homecoming Concert on April 12

The Luther College Concert Band, one of the Midwest's touring collegiate wind ensembles, will present their Homecoming Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall.

Among the performers are Lily McGohan and Meg Sessions from Decorah.

The concert comes after several tour stops in Long Lake and Rochester, Minnesota and includes pieces by Cait Nishimura, Erika Svanoe and Karl Husa. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The Luther College Concert Band was formed in 1878, laying the foundation for what would become the college's long-standing tradition of musical excellence. Directed by Cory Near, Concert Band is one of the oldest touring groups in the nation and ranks among the country's outstanding undergraduate college bands.

Concert Band has risen to its current position of prestige through the influential directorships of Carlo Sperati, 1905-1943; Weston Noble, 1948-1973; Frederick Nyline, 1973-2011; and Joan deAlbuquerque, 2011-2020. 

Throughout its long history, Concert Band has enjoyed performance opportunities in the United States, Western Europe and Japan. The ensemble tours annually, including an international tour every four years. In 2013, the band toured Iceland and Norway, 100 years after its first Norwegian tour. In 2017, the ensemble traveled to Spain. The next international tour for Concert Band will occur in 2025.

About Luther College Music

Luther is home to one of the largest undergraduate music programs in the nation, with five choirs, three orchestras, two bands and two jazz bands. One-third of all Luther students participate in music, including large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. Nearly 175 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance. Learn more at luther.edu/music.