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Minnesota Brass Presents ‘Wings 4 Things’

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You now have a new way to help support Minnesota Brass AND enjoy delicious wings! Visit participating Buffalo Wild Wings, and 10% of your tab will come back to our organization! Just mention you are there to support MBI, and your server will take care of the rest.  Be sure to keep checking back as we partner with more locations.

Locations:

  • B-Dubs Express: 7529 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55435 (Team A)
  • Buffalo Wild Wings – Savage: 7551 Egan Drive, Savage, MN 55378 (Team A)
  • Buffalo Wild Wings – Coon Rapids: 3395 River Rapids Dr, Coon Rapids, MN 55448
  • Buffalo Wild Wings – Plymouth: 3505 Vicksburg Ln N, Plymouth, MN 55447 (Team M)
  • Buffalo Wild Wings – Crystal: 5590 West Broadway Ave, Crystal, MN 55429 (Team A)

2019 Leadership Team Announced

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Former Minnesota Brass (MBI) performing member Jeremy Semler has been selected to serve as the organization’s executive director for 2019.  In this role Semler will oversee all of the organization’s ensembles and lead the summer drum and bugle corps.  Katy Bensen will serve as operations director for the drum corps in 2019. Joel Matuzak will serve as creative director, reporting to the executive director and overseeing educational staff and programming for the summer ensemble.

Semler performed with the corps as a mellophone player during the 2008 season and was assistant drum major in 2009 and 2010, as well as performing with Minnesota Brass Indoor in 2009. In 2013, he joined the administrative team of Minneapolis-based Chops Drum and Bugle Corps, focusing on recruitment. He was named assistant director of the corps in 2016, and moved up to the directorship in 2018. During that season the corps achieved its first Drum Corps Associates Open Class finalist position. Outside of drum corps, Semler is a technical trainer for a smart-home software provider. He lives in Minneapolis.

Bensen will serve as operations director of the summer program and will continue as director of MBI Indoor Percussion in 2019. She has served on the MBI visual staff since 2013 and has been the corps’ managing director since 2014, also providing member support for the corps’ winter ensembles. She currently teaches music in the White Bear Lake School District in suburban St. Paul, and teaches private lessons, summer band and high-school marching band. She lives in Vadnais Heights, Minn.

Matuzak has been the program coordinator for Minnesota Brass since 2002 and percussion caption head since 1998. Under his leadership, the corps has won the DCA Open Class Championship (2011) and been a silver medalist five times, as well as winning four DCA percussion titles. He is the design coordinator for the Minnesota Brass Indoor Percussion drum line and has been the head instructor of the Sköl Line, a drum line for the Minnesota Vikings NFL franchise, since 2008. He is highly regarded as an arranger, drill writer, clinician and adjudicator. He is an alumnus of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, member of both the Minnesota Percussion Association and Minnesota Brass hall of fame, and a 2012 inductee of the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame. He has been the director of instrumental music at Highland Park Senior High School in St. Paul since 1997.

Auditions Kick Off MBI Indoor Season

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Minnesota Brass’ MBI Indoor Percussion will open its 2019 campaign with day 1 of auditions on Saturday, Oct. 27. Interested percussionists ages 16 to 22 are invited to attend the event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Totino-Grace High School in Fridley, Minn., north of Minneapolis. Register now!

According to director Katy Bensen, more than 85 individuals already have expressed interest in the ensemble’s 35-plus positions. The group will attend the Minnesota Percussion Association’s (MPA) Day of Percussion on Jan. 5, 2019, at the Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota. Its first contest is set for Feb. 2, 2019, at Eagan High School. The ensemble also plans to attend the WGI regional contest in Omaha, Neb., in February.

MBI Indoor Drumline prides itself on providing a premier member experience focusing on the development of its members as performers and people. As the only Independent World Class percussion ensemble in the region, they strive to create engaging and emotional programs that push performers’ abilities and provide an opportunity to perform with the best of the best.

MBI Indoor is an indoor percussion ensemble sponsored by Minnesota Brass Inc. It competes as a member of both MPA and WGI Percussion. They have been Independent Open silver medalists, as well as World Class finalists and have earned numerous other accolades locally and regionally. A second session of auditions is slated for Nov. 11, also at Totino-Grace.

The MBI Indoor staff also includes Joel Matuzak, program coordinator/arranger; Matt Ferry, front ensemble coordinator/arranger; Mike Ferry, ensemble coordinator; Joe Asleson, visual designer, and Angela Haugejorden, choreographer. Other staff members are Tiffany Kostuch (visual technician), Joe Pfau and Joe Jaeger (co-battery coordinators), Austin Murra, Nick “Taco” Edwards, Jordan Jergenson, Vlad Boz, Joey Wattenhofer and Jake Esterberg (battery technicians), Erin VanBurkleo (front ensemble supervisor), Mackenzie Steinberg, Alex St. Clair and Ellie Mehr (front ensemble technicians), Bridger Herman (audio engineer) and Alli Wilmes (front ensemble consultant). Visit our web page for more information.

Annual Meeting: October 17

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Minnesota Brass Incorporated will hold its Annual Meeting on Wednesday evening, October 17 from 7:30 – 9 p.m. at the offices of Olsen-Theilin 2675 Long Lake Rd, Roseville, Minnesota, 55113.  The Annual Meeting is required by the organization’s by-laws and will include a review of the financial health and programs for Minnesota Brass Incorporated.

In addition, the 2018 Annual Meeting will include an update on the ongoing development of new leaders and volunteers to guide the organization in the future.

The meeting is open to all.  Alumni and interested stakeholders are strongly encouraged to attend.

Excitement Builds for 2019: Help Wanted!

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At the Town Hall meeting on September 27, over 50 individuals participated in a discussion regarding the future of Minnesota Brass.  The leadership team shared the results of the recent stakeholder engagement process and made explicit the organization’s need for new volunteers.  2019 offers an opportunity for the organization to develop new leadership, new roles and new excitement for the future.

Specifically, the organization is seeing new administrative leadership, new potential board members and new volunteers.

ADMINISTATIVE POSITIONS

Minnesota Brass is hiring for three positions to for the 2018-19 artistic season.

This new team will ultimately be responsible for creating a shared vision for Minnesota Brass’s next chapter.  They have an opportunity to leverage our many strengths as an organization and chart the course for the future.  Previous experience with Minnesota Brass is not required.  For the organization to thrive in 2019 and beyond, we need an energetic, passionate group of leaders who are ready to build the future.

These roles are responsible for the day-to-day operation of the organization, primarily focused on the needs of the summer drum corps but supporting multiple ensembles as required.  Candidates must be flexible, detail-oriented, highly organized, able to prioritize, be self-motivated and able to work well with others.  These positions could be the ideal part-time position for a professional artist, entry-level arts administrator or home-based parent.  All positions will receive a modest stipend.

Executive Director:  Responsible for administration, fundraising, marketing and hiring key artistic staff

Operations Director:  Responsible for securing facilities, coordinating schedules and managing equipment

Membership Director:  Responsible for recruiting members, membership records, policy compliance and alumni relations

See this earlier post for more information.

BOARD POSITIONS

Minnesota Brass is seeking to grow the board of directors with a particular emphasis on age, gender and racial diversity to better reflect our community.  The board is responsible for the strategy and long-term vision of the organization.  Additionally, the board is responsible for the financial health of the organization and is ultimately responsible for resource development (fundraising) and supervising the administrative team.  The board will have many large issues on its plate in the future and will require strategic thinkers who are able to see the long-term view.

Potential board members can complete an online application via this link. 

VOLUNTEERS

Minnesota Brass is seeking to grow its cadre of active volunteers to support all our ensembles.  These assignments may include projects or one-time opportunities to help.

To share your talents with Minnesota Brass, click this link.