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The Luther College Concert Band was formed in 1878, laying the foundations for what would become the college's long-standing tradition of musical excellence. Directed by Dr. 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). The ensemble is rich in tradition, most apparent through the inclusion of the selections Who Puts His Trust in God Most Just and Stars and Stripes Forever at the end of almost every concert. Throughout its long history, Concert Band has enjoyed unrivaled performance opportunities in the United States, Western Europe, and Japan. The ensemble tours every year, with international travel every four years.
In 2016 Concert Band was invited to participate in the 2016 North Central Regional Conference of the College Band Director's National Association (CBDNA) in Ames, Iowa. Additional recent honors include selection to perform at the 2014 North Central Regional CBDNA conference in Muncie, Indiana, and the 2013 Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference in Des Moines, Iowa.
Joan deAlbuquerque was appointed director of bands at Luther College in 2011 and conducts the Luther College Concert Band, Wind and Percussion Ensemble, and Varsity Band. Prior to Luther College, deAlbuquerque served as the associate director of bands at California State University, Long Beach and as interim director of bands at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado. An experience public school teacher, she was director of bands at Pinckney High School in Michigan, where she directed the wind symphony and marching band in addition to teaching instrumental and general music at the elementary and middle school levels.
deAlbuquerque earned her doctor of music arts degree in wind conducting from the University of North Texas as a student of Eugene Migliaro Corporon. She holds a master of music degree in wind conducting from Michigan State University, where she studied with John Whitwell. A graduate of Macomb Community College, deAlbuquerque earned a bachelor of music education degree from Michigan State University.