Band Ensembles

Be a part of Luther College's deep-rooted band tradition! Luther supports two bands: Concert Band and Symphonic Band, each performing a range of classical and contemporary band music.

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. Concert Band is now one of the oldest touring organizations in the nation and ranks among the country’s outstanding undergraduate college bands. Concert Band is Luther College’s principal band ensemble.

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 through the influential directorships of Carlo Sperati (1905-1943), Weston Noble (1948-1973), and Frederick Nyline (1973-2011) and Joan deAlbuquerque (2011-2020). Since 2020 the Luther College Concert Band has been directed by Cory Near.


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.

Prospective Students

Concert band meets five days a week, and is made up of musicians from all grade levels and study areas. Auditions for the ensemble take place every fall. Throughout the year Concert band hosts a variety of performances on-campus as well as maintaining an annual touring schedule, at the regional, national, and international level, in rotation with our other principal ensembles.

Ensemble Tours

Symphonic Band is a newly formed ensemble open to all students on campus. In addition to a Family Weekend performance, the Symphonic Band enjoys regular concerts and special performances throughout the academic year. Since 2020 the Luther College Symphonic Band has been directed by Cory Near.

Prospective Students

Symphonic Band meets 3 days a week, and is made up of musicians from all grade levels and study areas. Membership in the ensemble requires a chair-placement assessment, which will occur at the beginning of each semester.

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Meet the Director

Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Bands
Concert Band, Symphonic Band

Office: Jenson-Noble 168

Phone: 563-387-1202

Email: Send Email

2022-2023 Band Rosters

Concert Band

Katie Dore, Long Lake MN

Emma Forbes, Granger IA
Hannah Stoutner, Whitehall WI
Jenna Kleven, Albert Lea MN
Mya Ploor, Sturgeon Bay WI

Britt Fulton, Minneapolis MN
Lily McGohan, Decorah IA
Madelyn O’Brien, Cedar Rapids IA
Payton Lott, Papillion NE

Adam McDonald, Cold Spring MN
Charlotte Appel, Lynnwood WA
Spencer Ketterling, Rochester MN

Abigael Stroup, Faribault MN
Arnie Mutasingwa, Cedar Rapids IA
CJ Lee, Lewiston MN
Elijah Wallace, Roseville MN
Emily Kane, Spring Green WI
Hannah Saucedo, Harvard IL
Judy Rosland, Elmhurst IL
Kyle Pido, Rochester MN
Ryan Hinderaker, Ames IA
Sam Maston, Hudson MA

Bass Clarinet
Courtney Wendland, Luverne MN
Mac Kenzie Frame, Farmington MN

Andrew Mantini, Brooklyn Park MN
Audrey Fashimpaur, Cedar Rapids IA
Audrey Zielstra, Glenwood IA
Nathan Knautz, Batavia IL
Tyler Belanger, Geneseo IL

Alto Saxophone
David Helbling, Freeport IL
Emily Fisher, Onalaska WI
Riley Frank, Whitehall WI

Tenor Saxophone
Anders Peterson, Dassel MN

Baritone Saxophone
Carson Weichers, Waverly IA

Andon Storey, Houston MN
Austin Efflandt, East Moline IL
Avery Papke, Bloomington MN
Brianna Highum, Waseca MN
Callie Pierce, Dodgeville WI
Carly Witucki, Menomonie WI
Emma Lee, Lewiston MN
Karson Trujillo, Delano MN
Matthew Boardman, Genoa WI
Morgan Coy, Mantorville MN

Ethan Kober, Cedar Falls IA
Kaylee Turney, Zimmerman MN
Kellen DeKok, Archer IA
Margaret Stucker, Roseville MN
Mathea Diedrich, Windsor WI
Meg Sessions, Decorah IA

Kamina Gager, Woodbury MN
Rikka Heimdal, Milford IA

Bass Trombone
Kale Altman, Solon IA

Jane Ottesen, Eagan MN
Kieran Ulbee, Minneapolis MN
Ted Weigle, Saint Michael MN

Alex Van Surksum, Sheldon IA
Madeline Starck, Deer River MN
Mark Severtson, Ann Arbor MI

Symphonic Band

Piper Kellner, Lansing MN

Amelia Ramirez, Phoenix AZ
Anna Floden, Mason City IA
Ashley Imdieke, Northfield MN
Bret Muhlbauer, Carroll IA
Elizabeth Korn, West Salem WI
Ella Sines Thomasson, Charleston SC
Erin Daniel, Ottawa IL
Haylee Felt, Stewartville MN
Kristen Flathers, Clinton IA
Rachel Van Fleet, St. Paul MN
Sophia Chadima, Cedar Rapids IA
Lauren Ingram, Mantorville MN

Lainey Patzloff, Edina MN
Lauren Schroeder, Bettendorf IA
Marie Mullin, Creston IA
Sela Rist, Rochester MN

Allan Mills, Austin MN
Daniel Pfeffer-Kleemann, Rochester MN
Emma Sanders, LaMotte IA
Kaelin Lamphere, Mantorville MN
Kathryn Merten, Ellensburg WA
Kayla Brummer, Ankeny IA
Navia Erbst, Calamus IA

Bass Clarinet
Maren Nietz, Zumbrota MN
Olivia Mooney, Arcadia WI

Alto Saxophone
Hannah Coy, Mahtomedi MN
Jacob Reister, Northfield MN
Mackenzie Milder, Denver IA
Michael Burns, Forest City IA
Simon Razidlo, Waconia MN
Sten Bulander, Minneapolis MN

Tenor Saxophone
Grace Priestly, Waupaca WI
Jacob Wenger, Manchester IA
Neohemiah TwoBears, Columbia Heights MN

Baritone Saxophone
Eva Stadtlander, Iowa City IA
Josh King, Madison WI

Aimee Przhelyaskovskiy, Lakeville MN
Anna Thomley, Middleton WI
Carter Sommerness, Cottage Grove MN
Charles Jetton, Coralville IA
Emma Gibson, Iowa City IA
Grace Patterson, Hazel Green WI
Jacob Curry, Rochester MN
Lori Ostermeier, Slater IA
Milo Langrehr, Spring Green WI
Nick Rogness, Roseville MN
Steven Charpentier, St. Paul MN
Tam Ayers, Arlington VA
Zach Sullivan, Le Sueur MN
Joey Mehlhorn, Farmington MN
Daniel Davis, Altoona IA

Ana Garcia de Leon, Santa Maria CA
Anna Rem, Winona MN
Apollo Blomberg, Plymouth MN
Ashley Moore, Cresco IA
Isaiah Kahl, Humboldt IA
Katherine Bellefeuille, Farmington MN

Cody Pierce, Dodgeville WI
Evan Poeschel, Cottage Grove MN
Mallory Fynaardt, West Des Moines IA

Bass Trombone
Ellie Van Fleet, Alexis IL
Reece Flynn, Mantorville MN

Cole Pollock, Ankeny IA
Emmaleigh Ohrt, Spillville IA
Matt Snavely, Grayslake IL
Patrick Shugart, Council Bluffs IA
Stian Krogstad, Fargo ND

Alyce Madson, Robbinsdale MN
Dylan Holven, Faribault MN
Josh Muller, Urbandale IA
Mitchell McManus, Cannon Falls MN

Izzy Clark, Blair WI
Justin Stewart, Chicago IL
Maggie Hickman, Solon IA
Peter Heryla, Fridley MN