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Winter Finale & Spring Preview

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Join us this Sunday, April 2nd for our winter finale featuring MBI Indoor Percussion and MBI Winter Guard.

Our winter drumline and winter guard are both on incredible trajectories, poised to make an impact at WGI Finals. If you haven’t seen them yet, you need to. If you haven’t seen them recently, you’ll be taken aback. Every performance uncovers something new.

We’ll also introduce the 2017 summer hornline & drumline with our spring preview of the music from our program: Pins & Needles. You’ll hear Hall of the Mountain King, Trent Reznor’s Hurt, Medea, and Death Hunt from On Dangerous Ground all cleverly mixed with that Minnesota Brass sound.

For a $5 donation, you can see the best winter guard and winter drumline in the state of Minnesota, and get a preview of our 2017 summer program music. Your donation helps pay for our facility fees and keeps Minnesota Brass going strong through it’s 71st season and for future generations. Kids under 10 are free.

Location: Brooklyn Center High School (main gym)
Date: Sunday, April 2
Time: 2pm
Cost: $5 (kids under 10 free)

MBI Indoor Percussion 2017

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Minnesota’s only Independent World Class percussion ensemble is proud to kick off their 10th year of existence for the 2017 season with an auditions & clinic event.

Join us Sunday, October 30th at Totino Grace High School from 9am-5pm for a day of instruction from the top educators in our area. While there is an audition component for those interested in joining the 2017 cast, this event is open to anyone looking to improve their skills or simply learn what MBI is all about.

Instruments will be provided. It is recommended that battery members bring their own sticks and practice pad. Please wear rehearsal appropriate attire. Lunch will not be provided, however there are numerous restaurants nearby.

Entry fee: $25

For those interested in auditioning for a spot in the 2017 cast, call-backs will be held the following Sunday, November 6 from 9am-5pm (location TBD). Those offered a spot will be expected to attend regularly scheduled rehearsals beginning Sunday, November 13th. Please see the full season calendar for complete rehearsal and show schedule.

Please prepare the audition packet for your instrument to the best of your ability. To receive your packet as well as additional 2017 season information please RSVP at mnbrass.org/drumline

Minnesota Brass Indoor Presents: The Watchers

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The universe. Earth. Life. Humanity. How did we get here? Is our journey our own? Through all of it, they have been there – The Watchers.
Minnesota Brass Indoor Percussion will debut their 2016 season this Saturday, February 6 at Sounds of Minnesota Winter Edition. The upper Midway’s only WGI Independent World Class percussion ensemble will perform in exhibition as part of the MBI Color Guard home show at South St. Paul High School, which starts at 6:30 p.m.
Minnesota Brass Indoor is under the direction of Joe Asleson along with Managing Director Katy Benson. Design staff includes Joel Matuzak, Craig Myers, and Joe Asleson. Catch their performances throughout the Twin Cities at several Minnesota Percussion Association events, the WGI Minneapolis Regional, and World Championships in Dayton, OH.
Sounds of Minnesota Winter Edition
When: 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6
Where: South St. Paul High School, 700 2nd St. N., South St Paul, MN 55075
Admission: $8-$6. All seats are general admission and available at the door.

Audition Weekend Kicks off MBI ’16

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Minnesota kicked off its 2016 competition season with a successful multi-ensemble audition weekend Sept. 27 that attracted more than 100 applicants for the organization’s four ensembles: the summer Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps and the winter Minnesota Brass Indoor Percussion and MBI Winter Guard. MBI is also celebrating its 70th anniversary year with an inaugural “winds” ensemble.

An enthusiastic group of both veteran performers and newcomers attended the daylong event at Brooklyn Center High School in suburban Minneapolis. Read More

Super Audition Camp Fast Approaching!

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Just weeks after completing the 2015 drum corps season, all eyes have shifted to 2016 and our winter ensembles.  This year, Minnesota Brass is excited to launch a new ensemble and create our first ever Super Audition Camp for all MBI winter ensembles!  Whether you’re interested in the Minnesota Brass Indoor Drumline, MBI Winter Guard or our new winds ensemble, you’ll want to be at Brooklyn Center High School on Sunday, September 27.  Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. with auditions slated to begin promptly at 9.  Lunch is provided as part of the $25 audition fee and members will be done promptly at 4.   Submit your member interest form today.

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Minnesota Brass Winds enters its inaugural season as a WGI Independent World Class unit.  The ensemble is open to all ages and will feature brass and woodwinds players.  The winds ensemble will perform in the North Star Circuit and Minnesota Percussion Association events culminating in a trip to the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio, April 16-17.

MBI Winter Guard competes as a WGI Independent A class unit representing Minnesota Brass at the St. Louis WGI Regional and the WGI World Championships, April 7-9.  MBI Winter Guard will also perform throughout Minnesota at North Star Circuit shows.  Potential members must be 21 or younger to participate in the MBI Winter Guard.

Minnesota Brass Indoor Drumline competes as a WGI Independent World class drumline.  Highly skilled percussionists under the age of 22 are eligible to audition.  The drumline will compete in Minnesota Percussion Association events and the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio, April 14-16.

Current high school students interested in any Minnesota Brass winter ensemble will be required to have the permission of their music teacher/band director. If your school has a winter program for your primary instrument, you should be performing with your school’s unit and not auditioning for Minnesota Brass. Don’t worry . . . we’ll be around in years to come so we hope to see you at a later time.