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Informational Text

Jazz Orchestra

As one of Luther’s four major touring ensembles, the Jazz Orchestra travels annually and tours abroad every four years—most recently in 2012 to Brazil, where it was featured in the “Festival No Improviso” in Curitiba and performed for packed audiences in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The band also performed live on Brazilian national radio in 2008 and in 2004 and 2000 traveled to the Dominican Republic, sponsored by the Dominican Republic President’s Council of Culture and the National System of Youth Symphony Orchestras. The band will travel to Brazil again in 2016, this time to the northeastern region of the country.

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. Guest artists and clinicians include the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Dick Oatts and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Joshua Redman, Brian Blade, Christian McBride, and Brazilian blues/soul pianist, Ari Borger. The Luther College Center Stage Series frequently includes the professional jazz artists on its performance line-up.

The Jazz Orchestra has recorded three albums: Aquarela (2013), Transformations (2011) and On the Move (2003). Aquarela and Transformations CDs are available for purchase through the Luther College Book Shop. Aquarela can be downloaded through CD Baby.

Students of jazz at Luther have the opportunity to participate in two jazz bands, a vocal jazz ensemble, and jazz combos, register for studio lessons in improvisation, and take courses in jazz improvisation, composition, arranging, and history.

Jazz Orchestra is conducted by Juan Tony Guzman.

Juan Tony Guzmán

A conductor, composer, arranger, and music educator from the Dominican Republic, Juan Tony Guzmán is currently director of the jazz program and professor of music at Luther College.

Guzmán is a sought-after conductor of all-state and honor choirs, concert bands, jazz bands, and symphony orchestras across the United States and frequently serves as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator at festivals across North America, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He has recently done clinics and presentations for the Dominican Republic National System of Youth Orchestras, the World Choral Symposium, the Music Educators National Conference, Associação de Regentes de Corais do Brasil, The Association of British Choral Directors, the Scottish Association for Music Education, and the Festival 500 in Canada.

An active arranger, Guzmán is known for his arrangements of Caribbean and Latin American music, some of which are published by Boosey & Hawkes and Oxford University Press.

Guzmán 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 in music education from Luther College and a degree in electromechanical engineering from the Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in Santiago, Dominican Republic.