Erin Holmes's Biography


Erin Holmes is in her 20th year as a music educator. As Director of Bands at Farmington High School, Holmes is the conductor of Wind Ensemble, Varsity Band, Jazz I, Birdland Jazz, Director of the Farmington Tiger Marching Band, and Music Department Chair. Holmes is the Jazz Education Chair of the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA), the first woman in the organization’s history to hold this position. Holmes also appears in the December 2017 issue of School Band and Orchestra Magazine as one of the nation’s “50 Directors Who Make a Difference.” When asked what is your proudest moment as an educator? She responds, “My proudest moment as an educator has yet to come. Each day brings a new experience that challenges my mindset, intellect, and emotions on such a wide-ranging scale. Each year has also brought my own expertise to new levels. To try and define my pride of what we have created here in Farmington to one moment just isn’t possible.” Her favorite phrase she lives by and attempts to instill in her students is “every day is a good day to get better.”

 Holmes is also active as a director for honor bands, clinician for band and jazz festivals, and adjudicator for large group contest, solo & ensemble contest, and teaches master classes for saxophones for jazz and classical saxophone in the metro and surrounding areas. Ms. Holmes loves to teach private lessons, has performed in several jazz ensembles such as Southern Minnesota’s REAL Big Band, Swing Sisterhood Big Band, and the Caprice Saxophone Quartet.

Holmes attended Minnesota State University, Mankato, graduating Magna Cum Laude in Music Education with a saxophone emphasis. Holmes also attended Saint Mary's University achieving her Master of Arts in Education. Erin and her husband, Jon, have three sons, William, Henry, and Duke, that keep them extra busy!

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