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 to 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.
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 Portugal, 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 ensembles, Totino-Grace students have the opportunity to learn and grow as instrumentalists. Our curricular offerings include Symphonic and Concert Bands, and an honors level Symphonic Band. Our Instrumental Music Department features numerous co-curricular opportunities for students to perform and compete.