The Farmington High School Band Program is a comprehensive instrumental music education program serving over 300 students. Comprising five concert bands, four jazz ensembles, competitive marching band, pep band, solo/ensemble contest, winter percussion, and many other small ensembles, FHS band students collaborate with professional conductors, composers, and college ensembles on a regular basis.
The concert ensembles are the nucleus of Farmington High School's band program. Based on grade level and/or audition results, FHS students participate in Varsity Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble. The FHS Concert Bands are top-tier ensembles that qualify several students each year for prestigious programs like the Minnesota All-State Band.
The jazz program is a hallmark of FHS and the greater Farmington community. FHS jazz ensembles have been selected for the most prestigious performances, including appearances at the Minnesota Music Educators Midwinter Clinic and Carnegie Hall. As a curricular class, all three Jazz Bands meet daily throughout the school year. The jazz ensembles perform three formal concerts annually, participate in several regional festivals, and perform often for community and social events.
The Farmington Tiger Marching Band has been a staple of football games and area parades for decades, but also began competing in field marching festivals in 2014. After only three years of competition, the Farmington Tiger Marching Band took 4th Place in the 2016 Minnesota Class A Marching Band Championships. In the winter season, the FHS Pep Band is one of the most exciting groups around, playing regularly for varsity hockey and basketball teams.
The FHS Bands are directed by Erin Holmes, who has been teaching music in the Farmington School District since 2000; Bradley Mariska, who joined the FHS team in 2016; and Elliot Douma, who began his tenure in 2020.