Hastings Bands


Mr. Jacobsen joined the staff at Hastings High School in 2010. At HHS he directs the Wind Ensemble, Varsity Band (a freshman Concert Band), Jazz 1, Jazz II, Chamber Ensembles and teaches instrumental lessons. Before coming to Hastings High School, Jim was a Band Director at Eagan High School and Apollo High School in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. Mr. Jacobsen has also directed marching bands, drumlines, and percussion ensembles throughout the state. Jim Jacobsen is an active adjudicator and has presented clinics and adjudicated throughout the Nation for various solo and ensemble, large group and marching band competitions. He is an active performer, performing in the Medalist Concert Band from Bloomington, Minnesota and the “Table Band” at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley, Minnesota. Mr. Jacobsen has also performed with two Drum and Bugle Corps; the Bluecoats from Canton, Ohio and Minnesota Brass from the Twin Cities. Jim Jacobsen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from St. Cloud State University and a Masters degree in Conducting from the American Band College program at Southern Oregon University. Jim and his wife, Sonia, live in Rosemount with their two young children and two old dogs. In addition to spending time with his family, Mr. Jacobsen enjoys camping, motorsports, and reading.

Jim JacobsenVarsity Band, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble Director

Ms. Nalven teaches 5th and 6th grade band at Hastings Middle School and the Concert and Pep Bands at Hastings High School. She has her BM from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and her MM from The University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI). Her degrees are in clarinet performance, chamber music and education certification. This is Ms. Nalven’s first year in Hastings: prior to this position, she was the director of bands at Rockford Middle School in Rockford, MN. When she’s not at school, Ms. Nalven has a clarinet studio based in St. Paul and works with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies. She also likes to participate in triathlons, cook for friends and walk her dog, Annie.

Claire NalvenConcert Band and Pep Band Director