Concert Band

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 Joan deAlbuquerque, Concert Band is now one of the oldest touring organizations in the nation and ranks among the country's outstanding undergraduate college bands.

From its beginnings as a student-directed brass and percussion ensemble formed with instruments from a discontinued community band, Concert Band rose to its current position of prestige with deAlbuquerque through the influential directorships of Carlo Sperati (1905-1943), Weston Noble (1948-1973), and Frederick Nyline (1973-2011).

Touring Tradition

Throughout its long history, Concert Band has enjoyed performance opportunities in the United States, Western Europe, and Japan. The ensemble tours every year, with international travel every four years. In 2013, the band toured Iceland and Norway, nearly 100 years after its first Norwegian tour. In 2017, the ensemble toured in Spain.


In 2016 the Luther College Concert Band was invited to participate in the North Central Regional Conference of the College Band Director's National Association (CBDNA) in Ames, Iowa. The Band was also selected to perform at the 2014 North Central Regional CBDNA conference in Muncie, Indiana.

Additional Band Ensembles

  • Wind and Percussion Ensemble, an audition band of around fifty participants, is also directed by deAlbuquerque.
  • Varsity Band is open to any student with an interest in continued band participation at the college level and is currently directed by James Fritz.
  • Band students also have the opportunity to participate in three orchestras, two jazz bands, and numerous chamber ensembles, in addition to cheering on the Norse athletic teams in the Luther College Pep Band.


Concert Band's recording, Morning Sun Upon the Wild Prairie Rose, is available at tour performances and through the Luther College Book Shop.