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High School Band

Brian Thorstad

Director - NPHS Bands

Phone: 952-758-1236

Brian Thorstad will be entering his 9th year as the Director of Bands at New Prague High School.  He is a 2000 graduate of Hastings High School and a 2004 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a B.A. in Music Education.  In 2011, he received his M.A in Music Education from the University of St. Thomas and received a subsequent degree from St. Mary’s University in 2016.  Mr. Thorstad is a passionate advocate of instrumental music and supporting the growth of all students.

Mr. Thorstad teaches Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Varsity Band at New Prague High School.  He is also directs the Trojan Marching Band, Pep Band, Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Ensemble II, Solo and Ensemble Festival, and Chamber Ensembles.

Thorstad and his wife, Maria, reside in Belle Plaine and have three children: Ella - 6, Vivian - 4, and Miles - 6 Months!