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System Blue Partnership Announced

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Minnesota Brass is pleased to start 2016 with a new endorsement of System Blue brass instruments.  Designed by the corps’ brass music arranger, John Meehan, all-new System Blue equipment will debut in the upcoming season.

SystemBlue_STACKED_PMS280_resized medium“We’re thrilled to partner with System Blue and provide these world class instruments to our members,” said Eric Molho, executive director of Minnesota Brass.  “The endorsement of this equipment provides new opportunities for our organization and supports our ongoing pursuit of excellence in all aspects of our operations.”

On the heels of winning the DCA Horn Championships in 2015, Minnesota Brass’ partnership with System Blue will showcase the new brass instruments in 2016 and continue their pursuit of excellence for Drum Corps Associates highest honor.

With its far-reaching artistic and educational influence, System Blue’s partnership with Minnesota Brass hopes to further the success of the drum corps and help them to achieve excellence in the DCA arena.

“Minnesota Brass will bring a profound energy to the System Blue family,” says Systems Blue’s President, David Gibbs, “and we are excited to have them onboard.”

This highly collaborative partnership will allow both partners to grow stronger together. Minnesota Brass is a big-ticket in the DCA marching world and is a dynamic endorsee that brings talent and extensive experience. With partnerships as such, the future is bright for both organizations. Together, we grow.

Come Soar With Minnesota Brass

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“Now Boarding,” the 2016 production from Minnesota Brass began its journey on Saturday, January 2 during our audition camp in Brooklyn Center.  Even if you missed takeoff on Saturday, you can still print your boarding pass at home to join us on the next leg of our trip.  Horn and percussion auditions continue on Wednesday evening, February 10 at Brooklyn Center High School.  Our departure time is 6:30 p.m.  Bring a friend and pack comfortably for an evening rehearsal including music and movement.

New Horns; New Battery; New Front Line!

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At their December meeting, the Minnesota Brass board of directors approved the purchase of an entire new set of brass instruments for the corps to begin using in the 2016 season!  Our new horns are scheduled to arrive this Spring and will be ready for all of our uniformed performances this season.

In addition, Minnesota Brass is excited to announce the continuation of our long-standing relationship with Dynasty USA for our battery and front line percussion equipment  Our arrangement with Dynasty allows the drum corps and Minnesota Brass Indoor to perform on all new battery equipment each season.

In 2016 the corps will also be replacing our entire line of percussion keyboard equipment through Dynasty USA including an entire new set of Bergerault, Rosewood marimbas, Bergerault vibes and a Bergerault pedal glockenspiel.  This equipment is currently being manufactured in France for Minnesota Brass in time for our 2016 performances!

The 70th Anniversary season for Minnesota Brass begins on Saturday, January 2, with auditions for horns and percussion.  Register now!

Ready for Take Off

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Fasten your seatbelts and prepare for take off as Minnesota Brass presents “Now Boarding” in 2016.  Inspired by the golden age of air travel, we’ll be heading into the clear blue skies of flight this year.  We’ve secured boarding passes for music by David Holsinger, “To Tame the Perilous Skies”, Julie Giroux, “Speed of Heat”, Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn, “Come Fly with Me”, Michael Giacchino, “Married Life” from Up, and Antonio Carlos Jobim, “Girl from Ipanema”.

 

2016 marks the 70th anniversary of the corps founding and promises to be a terrific season for new members, returning performers and fans alike. Book your seat at our upcoming horn and percussion auditions, January 2!  (We’ll make a brief stopover in April to welcome our Color Guard members on board.)

Super Audition Camp Fast Approaching!

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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.

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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.