Instrumental Music

Each student in the Totino-Grace instrumental music program receives individual lessons on their specific instrument from instructors who specialize in the instrument. This ensures individualized instruction for the specific needs of the student, a key reason to the success of the program.

There are four band concerts throughout the year which feature a variety of music from classical pop. The jazz program has their own concert series, including public performances. Jazz Ensemble I has also been selected as a top ensemble in the state of Minnesota to perform at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival.

Company of Singers Combo (the select band that accompanies the varsity show choir) has had national acclaim on their own; with the Company of Singers they won the national title in 2010.

Students have been placed in the MN All-State Bands and Orchestra, an auditioned and highly select ensemble from vocal students throughout the state.

Totino-Grace's competitive winter drumline is one of the longest continually running winter drumlines in the state.

Individual performers (in solos and small ensembles) have received numerous Excellent and Superior ratings, including many "Best-At-Site" awards.

The bands have performed across the country and globe, including Hawaii, Norway, Canada, Ireland, Germany and Austria.

Instructors, in addition to their teaching responsibilities, are also professional performers, guest clinicians and adjudicators locally and nationally.


Through active participation in both classroom study and group ensebles, Totino-Grace students have the opportunity to learn and grow as instrumentalists. Our currucular offerings include Symphonic and Concert Bands and a Pep Band. Our Instrumental Music Department features numerous co-curricular opportunities for students to perform and compete. 

Symphonic Band
An ensemble consisting of 10 – 12 grade students enrolled in band. This group meets every day, rehearses and performs, and works at a very high difficulty level and in many varying styles. They also perform at home football games.

Honors Symphonic Band
This group is part of the Symphonic Band, with additional emphasis on music theory, composition, and history. Honors Symphonic Band is open to seniors only.

Concert Band
This ensemble is made up of all freshmen band members. They meet every day and perform an extremely wide variety of music to expose them to as many styles as possible. They also perform at home football games.

Pep Band
Combined Symphonic and Concert Bands coming together to perform high energy works at home football games and athletic state tournament appearances.

Additional information regarding vocal coursework can be found under the Academic Music section of the website. 

Instrumental Music Ensemble Groups

Chamber Percussion

A focused percussion group made up of anyone in the music program. Rehearses once a week.


This extra-curricular group is made up of all percussion instruments that prepare a precisely tuned 10-minute routine of music and marching. They compete during the winter months in Drumline competitions around the Twin Cities area as well as various national competitions. Note: you do not have to be a percussionist to play in the ensemble.

Nick Moreno

Jazz I & II Ensembles

These extra-curricular ensembles rehearse once a week, plus weekly sectionals. They prepare a variety of swing, big band, blues, rock and Latin pieces. They perform at Totino-Grace Jazz Department concerts, jazz festivals, the "18th and Vine" Swing Dance and other events in the Twin Cities.

Jazz Combos

These are small groups that rehearse once a week, focusing on jazz improvisation and jazz soloing abilities.

High Brass Ensemble

Coming Soon.

Musical Pit Orchestra

An ensemble of varying instrumentation that performs for the fall musical production at Totino-Grace.

Music Ministers

An ensemble of varying instrumentation that plays for the Totino-Grace school masses.

Show Choir Combos

A 7-10 piece group with rhythm section and varying instrumental that accompanies the Show Choirs.

Trombone Choir

Coming Soon.

Woodwind Choir

An ensemble made up of woodwind players (flutes, oboes, clarinets, and saxes) from the two curricular bands. Rehearses once a week.


Tim Hoffman

Jessica Haut
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Mike Smith
Activities Director
Transportation Director

Tim Hoffman
Associate Activities Director

Jan Thomas
Activities Assistant
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