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Eric Molho

Under the B – a ‘break’

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We’re taking a summer break from Coach Purse Bingo, but we’ll be back in the fall.

keep-calm-and-no-bingoWith the advent of softball, baseball, volleyball, tennis, cricket, horseshoe, pickleball, soccer, swimming, biking, hiking, gardening seasons – and vacations, if you can work one in through all of that – we decided it was unfair to hold an indoor event during Minnesota’s fabled (i.e., short) summer.

We’ll be back at Joe Senser’s Sports Theater in Roseville on Tuesday, Oct. 4. Keep an eye on this site for updates as the date nears for times and the possibility of even more prizes.

See you then!

MBI’s Palmer vies for music educator award

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Scott Palmer, the brass caption supervisor for Minnesota Brass, is among nearly 300 quarterfinalists to win the 2017 Music Educator Award presented by the Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation.

Palmer, a band director at Eden Prairie High School, is one of five Minnesota music educators in contention for the prestigious award. The others are Eric Songer (Chaska Middle School, West Chaska), Peter Meyer (St. Cloud State University), Geneva Fitzsimonds (South View Middle School, Edina) and Adrian Davis (Roosevelt High School, Minneapolis). He also is on the brass instructional staff with California’s Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps.

The music educator of the year and nine other finalists will receive cash honorariums supported by the GRAMMY Foundation’s Education Champions: Converse, Disney Performing Arts, the Ford Motor Co. Fund and Journeys. Additionally, the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, the NAMM Foundation and the National Education Association support the program through outreach to their constituencies.

Palmer is among 290 music teachers from 41 states have reached the quarterfinals. More than 3,300 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states. The award will be presented during GRAMMY Week 2017.

Color Guard and Front Line Auditions April 20 (no rehearsal April 13)

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Attention all passengers!  Minnesota Brass’s 2016 production, Now Boarding is preparing for take off and we’re looking to fill our last few seats.

Wednesday evening, April 20 auditions for the color guard and front line ensemble will take place at Brooklyn Center High School starting at 6:30 p.m.  RSVP today and let us know you’re planning to soar this summer.

There is NO REHEARSAL for any section on April 13.

Rehearsal starts at 6:30 but plan to arrive between 6 and 6:30 to get registered and get equipment. (If you haven’t already paid a 2016 audition fee to any Minnesota Brass ensemble, you will also pay your $25 audition fee when you register.) Check out these important details about Wednesday’s rehearsal and audition schedule:
  • Brooklyn Center High School is located at 6500 Humbold Ave. North in Brooklyn Center
  • Registration opens at 6 and rehearsal starts promptly at 6:30.  Rehearsal ends at 10 p.m.
  • Please enter through Door 23–the door closest to the large parking lots.
  • Bring a friend!  We will welcome walk-ins so feel free to invite others or forward this note.
  • Color Guard auditionees:  You’ll be moving and spinning so dress ready to move!
  • Positions in the horn line and battery are currently full.  However, we are accepting a select group of individuals to serve as alternates this season if a spot opens up.  Please email us (or simply stop by a Wednesday rehearsal) if you’d like to be considered for an alternate role.
Still not sure?  Check out our quick guide for more information!

MBI Winter Guard Places 10th at WGI World Championships

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The MBI Winter Guard wrapped up their 2016 season with a stellar performance at the WGI Independent A Class World Championships in Dayton, Ohio Saturday placing 10th with a final score of 87.615.  Competition began Thursday with 70 units.  “I’m so very proud of what the guard accomplished this year,” said Minnesota Brass executive director Eric Molho.  “The members and staff had a phenomenal season and earned a great honor as a top-ten finalist in national competition.”  Other Minnesota finalists at WGI competition included Elk River High School (5th place in Scholastic A Class competition) and Eden Prairie High School (19th place in Scholastic Open Class competition).

Auditions for the Minnesota Brass drum and bugle corps color guard are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening, April 20 at Brooklyn Center High School  See our Quick Guide for more information.

MBI Winter Guard Advances to WGI Finals!

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“It was an absolutely stellar performance” said MBI Winter Guard co-director, Wil Furnstahl about the guard’s semi-final execution at Wright State University’s Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio on Friday afternoon.  The guard was seeded 16th after their preliminary performance in WGI Independent A Class competition.  Their semi-finals score of 88.15 compelled the corps to the number 9 position as they head into finals on Saturday morning.  The MBI Winter Guard will take the floor at 10:38 EST for finals.   70 units began competition on Thursday to determine the twenty finalists that will compete at Finals.

This year the MBI Winter Guard explores our obsession with technology and personal devices.  Their 2016 production, Auto-Correcting Society, challenges viewers to put down their phones and reconnect IRL (in real life).  Fans and friends may still want to grab their phones to see the guard’s latest updates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  In addition, live video will broadcoast throughout the morning using the periscope app (follow:  minnesotabrass).

MBI Winter Guard is one of six North Star Circuit units competing this weekend in Dayton at the WGI Color Guard World Championships.  Lux Independent, Eclipse Independent, Elk River HS, Irondale HS and Eden Prairie HS also participated in preliminary competition Thursday with Elk River and Eden Prairie advancing to semi-finals.  As this article was published, Elk River had also advanced to finals and will perform at 3:07 p.m. (EST) Saturday.  (Eden Prairie’s results will be known late on Friday evening.)