Les Torgerson is Director of Music Emeritus at Northland Community
College in Thief River Falls where he founded the Northland Community Band. Before moving to Thief River Falls, he was Director of Bands at Bemidji High School and before that at Clara City High School.
After retirement in Thief River Falls, he served as an adjunct faculty member for low brass and trombone choir at the University of North Dakota and at Bemidji State University. He also taught K-12 for a couple of years at Dillingham High School in Alaska. Throughout his career he has directed community choral and instrumental performance groups. He is an active trombonist performing with Trombones Bemidji, Northland Jazz and Community Band, Green Valley (AZ) Concert Band, and the Minnesota 9th District American Legion Band.
Torgerson is an alumnus of Bemidji State University where he earned his B.S. degree in Instrumental and Vocal Music Education and an M.S. degree with emphasis on trombone performance. He has also done graduate work at Indiana University and extensive doctoral work at Arizona State University.