Concert Band

Cory Near, Visiting Assistant Professor of 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.

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). The 2021-2022 Luther College Concert Band is directed by Cory Near.

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. The group will continue this long-standing touring tradition with an international tour to Northern Spain, Portugal, and France in the near future.


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.

Selected Repertoire from Recent Performances

Bach; Fugue à la gigue
Who Puts Their Trust in God Most Just
 Song for Band
Bryant; Ecstatic Fanfare
Day; Dancing Fire
Gould; Symphony No. 4 "West Point"

Grainger; Colonial Song
 Lincolnshire Posy
Hailstork;American Guernica
 Symphony in B-flat
Holst;First Suite in Eb
Husa; Al Fresco
 Music for Prague, 1968
Ives; Variations on "America"
King; Invictus
Lauridsen;O Magnum Mysterium
 Danzón No. 2
Montague; Intrada 1631

Nishimura; In Dreams
Prokofiev; March, Opus 99
Simon; Sweet Chariot
 The Stars and Stripes Forever
Stephenson; The Storyteller
Sullivan; Suite from "Pineapple Poll"
Susato; Selections from "The Danserye"
Svanoe; Steampunk Suite

Tchaikovsky; Dance of the Jesters
 Come Sunday
Ticheli;Symphony No. 2
Wilson; The Avatar
 Mare Tranquillitatis