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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.

2019 MBI Winter Percussion Auditions

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Minnesota Brass Indoor Percussion is beginning our 12th Season on October 27th at Totino Grace High School (1350 Gardena Ave NE, Fridley, MN 55432).   We will hold two audition dates on October 27th and November 11th to determine this year’s ensemble.  Coming off of a WGI Percussion Independent World Semi-Finals appearance in 2018,  we are excited about the potential for the program this year.  There are some exciting plans in the works! For more information about staff, schedule, dues and audition materials check out the Indoor Drumline page.

Conduct Review Committee Updates MBI Stakeholders

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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.

Goodbye winter, hello Dayton

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Join Minnesota Brass on Sunday, April 8, as we present the winter finale featuring MBI Indoor Percussion and MBI Winter Guard as they present their 2018 programs prior to heading to Dayton, Ohio, for WGI championships.

Both the winter drumline and color guard are on incredible trajectories, poised to make an impact at WGI Finals. These are performances you simply need to experience. And if you haven’t seen them recently, you’ll be taken aback. Every performance unveils something new.

For a $5 donation, you will witness the best winter ensembles in Minnesota.  Your donation helps pay facility fees and support Minnesota Brass ensembles. Kids under 10 are admitted free.

Location: Brooklyn Center High School (main gym)
Date: Sunday, April 8
Time: 2-3 p.m.
Admission: $5 (kids under 10 free)

MBI salutes 2017 DCI participants

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As Drum Corps International moves into the final weekend of its 45th anniversary, Minnesota Brass salutes and congratulates past members who are participating in this year’s World Championships. You all are champions to us.

Past (and we hope future) members of MBI performing with DCI corps this year include:

  • Jon Karels, Kyle Tsuchiya and Zach Fitzgibbon (Bluecoats)
  • Will Selby and Jack Johnson (Pacific Crest)
  • Joanna Stubbins, Ben Linser, Tristan McGlaughlin and Steven Clark (Oregon Crusaders)
  • Zach Steffen (Madison Scouts)
  • Carter Schunk (Colts)
  • Jordan Widas and Savannah Kearns (Phantom Regiment)
  • Phil Snyder and Jake Esterberg (both staff, Colt Cadets)
  • Sierra Pattin, Colin Gilmore, Eric Dunnigan and staff members: Tiffany Kostuch, Brian Schutta, Bryan Jaeckel, Kirsten Bergstrom, Matthew Gullickson, Matt Haar, Andrew Dussl, Bryan Borg, Jim Jacobson, Lisa Rodenkirchen, Lauren Hipsag, Evan Pufpaff, Reggie Salas, Alex Cary, Jordayn Spike, Josh Sayler, Patrick Lyons, Chris Richman, Tanner Bergersen, Cole Hanton, Mike Olsen, Eric Elker, Ryan Schmidt, Jesse Talbot, Taylor Eliason (River City Rhythm)
  • RJ Bailey and staff members Rebecca Compton-Allen, Thomas Burton Reimer (Shadow)
  • Scott Palmer (staff, Blue Stars)
  • Mack Steinberg, Nick Soden, and staff member Scott Palmer (Blue Devils).

Best wishes for your continued success, and we hope to see you on the field again soon!