Just weeks after completing the 2015 drum corps season, all eyes have shifted to 2016 and our winter ensembles. This year, Minnesota Brass is excited to launch a new ensemble and create our first ever Super Audition Camp for all MBI winter ensembles! Whether you’re interested in the Minnesota Brass Indoor Drumline, MBI Winter Guard or our new winds ensemble, you’ll want to be at Brooklyn Center High School on Sunday, September 27. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. with auditions slated to begin promptly at 9. Lunch is provided as part of the $25 audition fee and members will be done promptly at 4. Submit your member interest form today.
Minnesota Brass Winds enters its inaugural season as a WGI Independent World Class unit. The ensemble is open to all ages and will feature brass and woodwinds players. The winds ensemble will perform in the North Star Circuit and Minnesota Percussion Association events culminating in a trip to the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio, April 16-17.
MBI Winter Guard competes as a WGI Independent A class unit representing Minnesota Brass at the St. Louis WGI Regional and the WGI World Championships, April 7-9. MBI Winter Guard will also perform throughout Minnesota at North Star Circuit shows. Potential members must be 21 or younger to participate in the MBI Winter Guard.
Minnesota Brass Indoor Drumline competes as a WGI Independent World class drumline. Highly skilled percussionists under the age of 22 are eligible to audition. The drumline will compete in Minnesota Percussion Association events and the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio, April 14-16.
Current high school students interested in any Minnesota Brass winter ensemble will be required to have the permission of their music teacher/band director. If your school has a winter program for your primary instrument, you should be performing with your school’s unit and not auditioning for Minnesota Brass. Don’t worry . . . we’ll be around in years to come so we hope to see you at a later time.
The last rehearsal day of the year was fun-house full of focus as the corps continued to clean every last beat of Mad Circus. Today’s long block at Badgerow Park gave plenty of time for everyone to work on achieving a new level of performance as the corps prepares for tomorrow evening’s Semi-Finals competition at the DCA World Championships.
This evening members of our administrative team gathered to celebrate the induction of Gavin Burnham, our president and CEO into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame. Gavin has been in a leadership role with the corps for more than 25 years and his talents have helped Minnesota Brass achieve remarkable success. The evening provided a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Gavin’s work and the achievements of several other inductees who have each contributed to the drum corps community.
The evening ended with the Mini Corps competition and our very own Minne-Brass who placed fourth with a score of 91.5 in tonight’s competition. Their program, featuring music of the Hornheads, was a stellar display of talent arranged by Minne-Brass director (and Minnesota Brass board chair) Todd Tanji. Congratulations to Minne-Brass on another outstanding performance!
Tomorrow, the drum corps will rehearse from 9-2 at Badgerow Park North. We will then head back to our hotel to freshen up a bit in preparation for tomorrow’s preliminary performance. The corps takes the field at Sahlen’s Stadium at 7:38. For the latest, keep following us on facebook and twitter. #mbi15
Greetings from Rochester, New York! Yesterday at 6 p.m., Minnesota Brass departed the North Star State and headed East. After a lengthy overnight journey through Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and a smidgen of Pennsylvania, the corps entered New York and headed North past Buffalo to visit Niagra Falls. While we have come to Rochester many times in the past, the vast majority of members have little opportunity to see anything other than their hotel, practice area and performance site. This year, a visit to the Falls allowed corps members to see something new and amazing. We learned, for instance, that the water of the Falls comes from four of the great lakes before tumbling over the edge which means that some of the water we saw had also been on a lengthy journey from Minnesota! Check out some fun pictures from our visit by following #mbi15 on Twitter.
After a few hours visit, we headed South to Rochester and our home-away-from-home, the Doubletree Hotel on Jefferson Road. Corps members had a chance to relax a bit and take a shower (a particularly great experience after 22 hours on the bus!) before preparing for this evening’s parking lot rehearsal. This annual tradition is as much about shaking off the lethargy of the bus as it is about performing. Members had a blast in the hotel parking lot and then got to relax for the rest of the evening.
Friday the corps will rehearse nearly all day, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Badgerow Park North in Rochester (guests are welcome). In the evening, our President and CEO, Gavin Burnham will be inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame. The evening concludes with Minne-Brass performing at 10:15 in downtown Rochester at the Mini Corps Competition.