Who We Are
Triplets Michael, Joshua, and Thomas Lubben grew up in rural Iowa, where they quickly developed a passion for live music at local outdoor concerts. Beginning classical training at the age of 5, the brothers grew slowly into a life of music. Several years later, they added folk instruments. Michael took up the banjo, Joshua the guitar, and Tom the mandolin. They began performing as The Lubben Brothers with their younger brother, Isaac (on bass), and developed a loyal following among the children, adults, elders, and deer of Northern Minnesota. The brothers now specialize in tight vocal harmonies accompanied by a variety of instruments that have expanded to include fiddle, tin whistle, cello, accordion, and harmonica. Two albums emerged from the brothers' time in the North, besides the poetry, birdsong, and pine needles forever engraved in their souls.
Re-stationing in South Florida to pursue undergraduate degrees at Palm Beach Atlantic University, the triplets met their spectacular, musical wives, and their group vastly improved in versatility and ability. Shana Terra (from Sarasota, FL) grounded the band with her strong and steady double bass. Adding a smooth and silky fiddle and occasionally a hammered dulcimer or ukulele, Katie (from High Springs, FL) joined the band with Shana Terra in 2014. Two years later, Karol (from Cali, Colombia) brings The Lubben Brothers' acoustic punch to a new strength with her cajon. Besides playing instruments, the girls sometimes provide a bright contrast to the brothers' male voices by singing some of the songs themselves.
All six members graduated in May 2017 and now, the Lubben Brothers offer classical and folk music for concerts and events throughout South Florida and beyond, while preparing to record their first album of all-original music.
Since the beginning of their studies, the brothers have been captivated by the depth of classical music, rehearsing and performing in classical ensembles together. Since around age 12, the brothers have written original compositions, inspired by the breadth of communication and powerful emotion of classical music. Since then, they have not stopped composing. In May, 2017, the brothers graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) summa cum laude, members of the Frederick M. Suppers Honors Program, and with degrees in music. As a string trio and piano trio, they have had multiple concerts as soloists and been featured in concert series. In April of 2017, they soloed with the PBA Symphony Orchestra playing Beethoven's Triple Concerto. Between the three of them, they have won PBA's Sylvia S. Brainen Piano Competition twice and won PBA's Concerto Competition twice. As a result, they have been featured as soloists with the PBA Symphony orchestra several times. Regarding music composition, the brothers have been featured as composers and performers for the Norton Museum's Art After Dark event, received performances of their compositions numerous times for Frontwave—a New Music Festival series hosted by PBA, and recently had a composition—commissioned by Sheila Rinker—premiered at Mar-a-Lago by PBA's Concert Choir. Over the past couple years, the brothers have also collaborated to write a full-length, fully-orchestrated musical, The Luck of Roaring Camp, which will be performed locally in the summer of 2018.
Fitting easily into the brother's ensemble, Karol, Shana Terra, and Katie began classical studies at young ages, performing steadily throughout their college careers. Karol, a graduate of PBA's Popular Music program, performed regularly in a concert choir, pop recitals, and student concerts. Besides performing bass in folk concerts, Shana Terra studied classical piano and saxophone, frequently performing in university concerts. Katie has performed violin throughout her career, soloing with the Big Bend Community Orchestra as a young teenager, performing in a masterclass with Rachel Barton Pine, and many other university concerts, recitals and events.
Recent Performance Venues
Meyer Amphitheater, West Palm Beach, FL | Historic Paramount Theatre, WPB | Flagler Museum, WPB | The Breakers Hotel, WPB | The Norton Museum of Art, WPB | The Society of the Four Arts Gardens, WPB | Fisher Island Club, Fisher Island, FL | Helen K. Persson Hall, PBAU, WPB | Folk and Acoustic Radio, WLRN (91.3 Miami) | Family Church Downtown, WPB | DeSantis Family Chapel, WPB | First Sarasota Church, Sarasota, FL | The Gardens Hockey Arena, Warroad, MN | Roseau County Fair, Roseau, MN
Enjoy these live performance excerpts to give you a taste of our music.
“I am a big Lubben Brothers fan! I have to keep buying this CD, because I keep on giving away copies! I had had the pleasure to hear these guys play live classical music before I even knew they did folk and bluegrass. . .this is my favorite, very poignant and sensitive, especially for such young musicians."
“Amazing musicians with extremely smooth harmony!”
“You guys did an absolutely amazing job with our Confirmation Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes in Boca Raton, Thank you so very much!!!! You guys are the best!!!!”
"You wowed me at the [Sarasota] Downtown Baptist 'I Believe in America' concert."
“Since we got this CD, it’s the only one our family plays. . .the Lubben Brothers’ music is simply brilliant. We can hardly wait for their next collection.”
“The Lubben Brothers! Local Joy givers!”
“... we really enjoyed your playing at our contra dance!”