Hastings Bands


Jim 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

Duane Oldham received a Bachelor of Music degree from Winona State University and a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. Mr. Oldham currently serves as a band director in the Hastings Public School District. At the high school, Mr. Oldham conducts the concert band and teaches wind ensemble lessons. He directs the fifth and sixth grade bands and teaches brass lessons at Hastings Middle School. Prior to teaching in Hastings, Mr. Oldham was a band director at New Ulm High School.

Duane OldhamConcert Band and Pep Band Director