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The Circus Comes to Town Friday at Sounds of Minnesota

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Lions and tigers and . . . hulu hoops?  Minnesota Brass’s Mad Circus will pull into town at Mendota Heights this Friday evening for one night only!  Don’t miss the 2015 edition of Sounds of Minnesota at Saint Thomas Academy. The show starts at 7 p.m. and gates open at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets are on sale now! Premium seats are available online in advance for $10; Standard seats are $10 at the gate. While children of all ages are welcome, only kids who are six and under will be admitted free.  For more information, call 651-717-4382. Proceeds from the show help support the Saint Thomas Academy Band Backers.

Sponsored by Minnesota Brass, Sounds of Minnesota will feature top all-age drum corps from Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as other ensembles in exhibition. Each competing unit will perform a 15-minute field show and will be evaluated by a panel of judges.

Units appearing in competition include the Govenaires of St. Peter, Minn.; Chops Inc. of Minneapolis; the Kilties, from Racine, Wis.; and Minnesota Brass. Both Minnesota Brass and the Govenaires won the 2011 Drum Corps Associates (DCA) World Championships in their respective divisions. Preceding the competition will be performances by Minne-Brass, the small-corps ensemble of Minnesota Brass (and winners of DCA’s first mini-corps championship in 1999 and again in 2005) and a special exhibition from the Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band.

The host Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps was established in 1947. Since 2008, including the 2011 World Championship, the 120-member unit and has never placed lower than third among upwards of 20 competing units. The Sounds of Minnesota show will be the final chance to see Minnesota Brass perform in the Twin Cities before the corps heads to Rochester, N.Y., to compete in the 2015 DCA World Championships.

New Uniforms Arrive for 2014!

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15-year Minnesota Brass veteran David Anderson, lifts up the corps new parade uniform, fresh out of the shipping boxes!

15-year Minnesota Brass veteran David Anderson, lifts up the corps new parade uniform, fresh out of the shipping boxes!

Through the generous support of alumni, members and friends, Minnesota Brass drum and bugle corps will sport new uniforms during the 2014 competitive season!  The modern, bold look will prominently feature the corps emblem and provide versatility for future seasons.

Through a partnership with Stanbury uniforms, the corps will also present new parade tops featuring lighter fabric and short sleeves appropriate for the hottest town festivals and parades.

Minnesota Brass will debut the new parade uniforms in Fridley Minnesota on June 26 and the new field uniforms at the Vikingland Band Festival in Alexandria, Minnesota on Sunday, June 29!

Eden Prairie Hosts DCI on July 11

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The 15-time DCI World Champion Blue Devils of Concord, California will compete at DCI Eden Prairie.

The 15-time DCI World Champion Blue Devils of Concord, California will compete at DCI Eden Prairie on July 11, 2014

This year the largest drum corps show in the Twin Cities will be a brand new show, DCI EDEN PRAIRIE, held on the picturesque campus of Eden Prairie High School. The show will feature the following great line-up of corps (in reverse order of performance):

Minnesota Brass – St. Paul, MN
Blue Devils – Concord, CA
Bluecoats – Canton, OH
Boston Crusaders – Boston, MA
Jersey Surf – Camden County, NJ
Legends – Kalamazoo, MI
Blue Saints – Sudbury, ON

This event replaces DCI Minnesota for one year, due to scheduling conflicts surrounding this summer’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Tickets are available NOW online RIGHT HERE or by calling the DCI Box Office at 317-275-1212. GROUP DISCOUNTS are available. Come on out and see this great show in a great venue!