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Drum & Bugle Corps

MBI’s Palmer vies for music educator award

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Scott Palmer, the brass caption supervisor for Minnesota Brass, is among nearly 300 quarterfinalists to win the 2017 Music Educator Award presented by the Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation.

Palmer, a band director at Eden Prairie High School, is one of five Minnesota music educators in contention for the prestigious award. The others are Eric Songer (Chaska Middle School, West Chaska), Peter Meyer (St. Cloud State University), Geneva Fitzsimonds (South View Middle School, Edina) and Adrian Davis (Roosevelt High School, Minneapolis). He also is on the brass instructional staff with California’s Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps.

The music educator of the year and nine other finalists will receive cash honorariums supported by the GRAMMY Foundation’s Education Champions: Converse, Disney Performing Arts, the Ford Motor Co. Fund and Journeys. Additionally, the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, the NAMM Foundation and the National Education Association support the program through outreach to their constituencies.

Palmer is among 290 music teachers from 41 states have reached the quarterfinals. More than 3,300 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states. The award will be presented during GRAMMY Week 2017.

Color Guard and Front Line Auditions April 20 (no rehearsal April 13)

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Attention all passengers!  Minnesota Brass’s 2016 production, Now Boarding is preparing for take off and we’re looking to fill our last few seats.

Wednesday evening, April 20 auditions for the color guard and front line ensemble will take place at Brooklyn Center High School starting at 6:30 p.m.  RSVP today and let us know you’re planning to soar this summer.

There is NO REHEARSAL for any section on April 13.

Rehearsal starts at 6:30 but plan to arrive between 6 and 6:30 to get registered and get equipment. (If you haven’t already paid a 2016 audition fee to any Minnesota Brass ensemble, you will also pay your $25 audition fee when you register.) Check out these important details about Wednesday’s rehearsal and audition schedule:
  • Brooklyn Center High School is located at 6500 Humbold Ave. North in Brooklyn Center
  • Registration opens at 6 and rehearsal starts promptly at 6:30.  Rehearsal ends at 10 p.m.
  • Please enter through Door 23–the door closest to the large parking lots.
  • Bring a friend!  We will welcome walk-ins so feel free to invite others or forward this note.
  • Color Guard auditionees:  You’ll be moving and spinning so dress ready to move!
  • Positions in the horn line and battery are currently full.  However, we are accepting a select group of individuals to serve as alternates this season if a spot opens up.  Please email us (or simply stop by a Wednesday rehearsal) if you’d like to be considered for an alternate role.
Still not sure?  Check out our quick guide for more information!

MBI Winter Guard Places 10th at WGI World Championships

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The MBI Winter Guard wrapped up their 2016 season with a stellar performance at the WGI Independent A Class World Championships in Dayton, Ohio Saturday placing 10th with a final score of 87.615.  Competition began Thursday with 70 units.  “I’m so very proud of what the guard accomplished this year,” said Minnesota Brass executive director Eric Molho.  “The members and staff had a phenomenal season and earned a great honor as a top-ten finalist in national competition.”  Other Minnesota finalists at WGI competition included Elk River High School (5th place in Scholastic A Class competition) and Eden Prairie High School (19th place in Scholastic Open Class competition).

Auditions for the Minnesota Brass drum and bugle corps color guard are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening, April 20 at Brooklyn Center High School  See our Quick Guide for more information.

Happy Birthday, Pharrell Williams!

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Come on, get “Happy” and help us celebrate Pharrell Williams’ birthday with a round of Coach Purse Bingo on Tuesday, April 5. And what could make you happier than to win a Coach designer purse at Joe Senser’s Restaurant and Sports Theater (2350 Cleveland Ave. N., Roseville) for another edition of Coach Purse Bingo.

The action starts at 6:30 p.m. Cards cost $20 for the first set of six cards and $4 for an additional set of three cards. You’ll play 10 different bingo games and have a shot at winning one of a variety of Coach designer purses as prizes. The more people who play, the bigger and more expensive the prizes! (You must be 18 or older to play.)

So grab a pal and come out and join Minnesota Brass for an evening of exciting bingo. The restaurant and bar are open, as is the pull tab window, and there’s plenty of video entertainment to keep you entertained between games. And all proceeds benefit Minnesota Brass. Hope to see you there on Tuesday!

Live on Your Mobile Device: MBI Winter Guard

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We get the irony.  We really want you to tune into your smart phones today to watch our incredible show lamenting how our online society can reduce human interaction.  MBI Winter Guard’s 2016 production, Auto-Correcting Society takes the floor at the WGI St. Louis Regional this afternoon and will be on your phone live!

icon175x175Here’s how it works.  We’ll be using Periscope this afternoon and evening to broadcast the MBI Winter Guard’s performance.  Periscope is a Twitter product, so you’ll need to make sure you’re following us there (if you haven’t already).   Next, download the free Periscope app if you don’t already have it on your phone.  Once you sign in via Twitter, it will automatically let you know when we’re streaming live from St. Louis!  The Winter Guard’s prelims performance is scheduled for 3:106p.m. CST.  Finals competitions for Independent A Class begin at 8:44.  As an added bonus, Periscope videos stick around for 24 hours post-performance, so you can watch again, and again.

Then put your phone away and connect with someone IRL.