Minnesota Brass is proud to announce the lead designers for the 2019 return for the Drum and Bugle Corps. Joel Matuzak will return as creative director, Dr. Ward Miller will be arranging the brass music , Wil Furnstahl will be coordinating the visual presentation, and Christopher Judd will be creating front ensemble arrangements and sound design. Each of them bring a wealth of knowledge and dedication to the organization. See our Staff Bio page for more details.
At its December meeting, the Minnesota Brass Board of Directors nominated two candidates to become new members to the board. Brief introductions of Marissa Moeller and Tom Reimer are below.
As outlined in the bylaws of the organization, the board’s nomination needs to be ratified by a vote of the full membership. The ratification process will follow the following timeline and process:
January 22: Candidates will attend the January board meeting and be available to meet any members interested in speaking with the candidates.
January 25: The ratification process will be conducted online with details posted on the website and organizational facebook page. The online form will be open from 6 a.m. to midnight CST.
Marissa Moeller has been a performing member of Minnesota Brass since 2013, after learning about the corps from a classmate at the University of Minnesota who took her to a rehearsal.
She was a member of the U of M Marching Band while in college, during which time she learned “valuable
interpersonal skills for a group of 320-plus.”
Moeller currently works as a dental hygienist, during which she spends a fair amount of her time educating patients as well as communicating with a variety of individuals on a daily basis. She served in 2017 and 2018 on the board of trustees for the Minnesota Dental Hygienists’ Association as the metro-area Trustee. Her work involved planning continuing-education events and networking with other hygienists around the state.
Marissa’s top priorities as a board member would revolve around membership growth and retention, a firm development of values and enhancing members’ experience, regardless of with which ensemble—winter guard, drum line, Minne-Brass or the summer corps—they choose to perform, experiencing a challenging, yet rewarding, program.
”Being a member for the past six years does make me emotionally invested in the corps, but I hope to approach a board position with what is best for the group as a whole, to ensure the longevity of Minnesota Brass.”
Tom Reimer’s 20-year association with Minnesota Brass began in 1998 when he joined as a performing member of the percussion section. He continued to perform with the corps in 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2012, and he was on the instructional staff from 2007 to 2010.
Formerly the Percussion Department manager for Dynasty USA, Reimer is now Judge Coordinator for the Minnesota Percussion Association and has served as a percussion judge for WGI, MPA and Youth in Music. He also currently serves on the educational staff of Shadow Drum & Bugle Corps of Oregon, Wis. He is married to Shadow Director Rebecca Compton Allen, also a former performer with MBI.
Tom’s goals while serving on the MBI board of directors include finding short- and long-term performance opportunities for the organization, as well as expanding both alumni and volunteer involvement with MBI. He values “tenacious” recruiting efforts and “steering the organizational culture toward positiveness.”
“The perspective I’m most excited to share with the organization is that I’ve seen the activity from several different vantage points. In addition to being on educational staff with Shadow, I also do some administration, recruiting, fundraising, etc. Working for a manufacturing company allowed me to see behind the curtain of drum-corps-as-business. And my role as MPA judge coordinator requires me to attend board meetings, where I have seen the organization evolve greatly over the last decade.”
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.
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.
- Conduct focus groups
- Write and administer two online surveys
- Conduct individual interviews
- 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.