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Help MBI take the next step!

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Three Leadership positions are available for the 2019 Season.  The paid positions of Executive Director, Operations Director and Membership Director are open for the 2019 Season.  The potential job descriptions and application information are detailed here. Applications are due at the latest by October 5th, 2018.  A search committee comprising board members, lead staff and alumni will make recommendations to the board regarding the filling of these positions.  This is your opportunity to help chart the future of MBI.

MBI will also host a Town Hall meeting on Sept. 26, 2018, for those interested in more information. At the meeting, results of a recent stakeholder-engagement project will be shared. In addition, there will be an opportunity for alumni and volunteers to learn about the critical need for their active participation in the organization for its successful return to the field. The Town Hall meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the offices of Olsen-Thielen & Co., 2675 Long Lake Road, Roseville, Minn., 55113.

 

March On! to Farmington July 31

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The 2018 edition of March On! is just around the corner. Join us Tuesday, July 31 at Farmington High School (20655 Flagstaff Ave, Farmington, Minn.) for the very best of DCI Open Class drum corps competition. Perennial World Champion contenders the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets will be joined by a full slate of great corps including four Minnesota ensembles! Help cheer on River City Rhythm, the Govenaires and Chops as they take the field joined by our own MBI Soundsport.
7:00 Welcome & National Anthem
7:10 Chops – Minneapolis, MN
7:26 Govenaires – St. Peter, MN
7:42 MBI Soundspor – St. Paul, MN
8:12 Colt Cadets – Dubuque, IA
8:28 River City Rhythm – Anoka, MN
8:44 Gold – Oceanside, CA
9:00 Louisiana Stars – Lafayette, LA
9:16 Vanguard Cadets – Santa Clara, CA
9:42 Scores Announced
VIP/Center Section $17 in advance ($20 day-of)
General Admission $12 in advance ($15 day-of)
Family pack of four general admission $36 (ONLY available online)

Minnesota Brass Seeks Stakeholder Engagement Consultant

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Minnesota Brass seeks a consultant or consultants to assist in gathering input from stakeholders and experts regarding the future of our performing ensembles.  The consultant will be required to complete the following tasks outlined in the request for proposal.

  1. Conduct focus groups
  2. Write and administer two online surveys
  3. Conduct individual interviews
  4. Write a summary report based on the data gathered in tasks 1-3

Work will be conducted in June-August, 2018.

We are committed to listening to and learning from key stakeholders including alumni, staff and music educators.  To assure consistent, unbiased data-gathering, the consultant will be responsible for gathering feedback and summarizing input.  The full RFP is available online and proposals are due June 8, 2018.

Conduct Review Committee Updates MBI Stakeholders

By | Drum & Bugle Corps, Indoor Drumline, MBI Winterguard, Minne-Brass, SoundSport, Uncategorized, Winds | No Comments

Minnesota Brass Inc. (MBI) has recently reaffirmed its commitment to a safe environment for all members and staff.  MBI has since established a Conduct Review Committee (CRC) to review any and all allegations of inappropriate behavior. The CRC has an Open Door policy and is the watchdog for violations of MBI policy,  The CRC has already begun review and investigations of various allegations of inappropriate behavior.  In addition, the CRC has prepared an update that specifically addresses issues involved with reporting, whether anonymous or named, and now offers a new, confidential online reporting form.  Because submitting a report can often be difficult, the CRC wants to reassure those contemplating making a report that they have a voice and a safe haven for reporting violations of MBI policy.  Please feel free to review the CRC update and see the confidential online reporting form here.

MBI Exploring SoundSport participation

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Minnesota Brass has announced it is considering fielding a SoundSport (SoundSport.com) team for 2018.

SoundSport, a program of Drum Corps International (DCI), is designed to provide unique performance opportunities for instrumental music ensembles of all types, in a dynamic environment. The goal is to assist in the creation of—and provide performance opportunities to—local, low-cost and entertaining instrumental ensembles.

“We know many alumni and 2018 members are saddened by the decision not to field a competitive drum corps in 2018,” said Todd Tanji, executive director.  “While SoundSport is not directly comparable to drum corps, it does provide for many great opportunities to perform together and create more flexible opportunities for potential members of all ages.”  The Minnesota Brass SoundSport team would have a reduced rehearsal schedule and dues structure as compared to the traditional drum corps commitment.  It is anticipated that such a unit would perform as part of the DCI World Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., on Saturday, Aug. 11, creating more opportunities for those who participate in fall marching bands to join.

An informational meeting for interested parties—including current members and alumni—will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, at Northdale Middle School in Coon Rapids. Potential members in all sections (brass, percussion, color guard and support staff) are invited to attend. Those interested in being a part of SoundSport but unable to attend Saturday should send an email to director@mnbrass.org.

A final announcement regarding the potential SoundSport ensemble will be made by June 1.

More information about SoundSport is available online.