Jim Jacobsen joined the staff of Hastings High School in 2010. At HHS he directs the Wind Ensemble, Varsity Band (a freshman Concert Band), Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Ensemble II, Percussion Ensemble, 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.
Jim has directed marching bands, drumlines, and percussion ensembles throughout the state, including many award-winning groups. He has presented music clinics & presentations and is an active adjudicator throughout the Midwest for various solo and ensemble, large group and marching band competitions.
Jim is an active performer, performing as a percussionist in the Sheldon Theatre Brass Band and the contemporary worship band at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley, Minnesota. Jacobsen has also performed with two Drum and Bugle Corps; the Bluecoats from Canton, Ohio and Minnesota Brass from the Twin Cities. Jim was the director of the River Valley Band (community band) from 2010 to 2016, the Mounds View District 7th and 8thgrade honor band in 2012 and serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for the David Swenson Foundation at St. Cloud State University. He is currently serving as the South East region President for the Minnesota Band Director’s Association.
Jim Jacobsen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from St. Cloud State University and a Master’s degree in Conducting from the American Band College program at Southern Oregon University. Jim and his family reside in Hastings, MN.