Luther College Concert Band will perform a return concert on April 12 | Securities


The Luther College Concert Band, one of the collegiate wind bands touring the Midwest, will perform their return concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12 in the main hall of the Center for Faith and Life.

Performers include Decorah’s Lily McGohan and Meg Sessions.

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 admission charge.

The Luther College Concert Band was formed in 1878, laying the foundation for what would become the college’s long tradition of musical excellence. Led by Cory Near, Concert Band is one of the oldest touring bands in the country and ranks among the top undergraduate bands in the country.

The Concert Band reached its present position of prestige thanks to the influential directions of Carlo Sperati, 1905-1943; Weston Noble, 1948-1973; Frédérick Nyline, 1973-2011; and Joan of Albuquerque, 2011-2020.

Throughout its long history, Concert Band has had the opportunity to perform 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 their first Norwegian tour. In 2017, the ensemble traveled to Spain. Concert Band’s next international tour will take place in 2025.

About Luther College Music

Luther is home to one of the largest undergraduate music programs in the country, with five choirs, three orchestras, two bands, and two jazz bands. A third of all Luther students participate in music, including large ensembles, faculty-led 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


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