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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.

Minnesota Brass to Launch Indoor Winds Ensemble

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Auditions for all winter ensembles September 27

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Minnesota Brass is excited to announce the launch of a new winds ensemble for the 2016 indoor season. Featuring brass and woodwinds, the new group will provide members with the same exciting performance opportunities their percussion and color guard peers have enjoyed for years.

“We want to create a highly engaging and energetic program that is fun for both our members and our fans,” said Eric Molho, executive director of Minnesota Brass. “This is an exciting indication of the growth of our organization.” The ensemble will be under the creative direction of Scott Palmer, brass caption supervisor for Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps and band director at Eden Prairie High School. The ensemble will compete regionally and at the 2016 WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio, in April 2016.  Prospective members interested in joining the new ensemble should complete this contact information form.

In addition to launching the new winds ensemble, Minnesota Brass is also scheduling a Super Audition Camp for all three indoor ensembles. Potential members of MBI Winter Guard, Minnesota Brass Indoor Percussion and the new winds ensemble should mark Sunday, Sept. 27, on their calendars. The Super Audition Camp will provide an opportunity for all of the winter/indoor ensembles to launch their seasons together and to leverage the comprehensive strengths of the Minnesota Brass organization. Details about the audition camp are below; for more information about joining a Minnesota Brass ensemble complete the appropriate contact information form.

Super Audition Camp

Auditions for MBI Winter Guard, Minnesota Brass Indoor Percussion and the Minnesota Brass winds ensemble.
Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015
8:30 a.m.  Registration opens
9 am. – 4 p.m. Audition camp (lunch included)
Brooklyn Center High School
Camp/audition fee:  $25

RSVP to Join Today!

Minnesota Brass Indoor 2015 Show Announcement

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Minnesota Brass Indoor is proud to announce their 2015 production, “Cold Blooded.”

Across eons, Earth has gone through countless transformations. The Earth we know today is only a blink in the timeline of its existence. As our planet has changed its inhabitants have evolved with it, and humans are no exception. What forms could Earth take in the future? How might humans evolve to adapt to a changing environment? Minnesota Brass Indoor imagines one possible future in their 2015 program “Cold Blooded.”
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Your chance to be amazing begins Oct. 25 & 26

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602910_684460584900012_509146246_nWant to be part of something special? Minnesota Brass Indoor Drumline and MBI Winter Guard will launch their 2015 seasons this weekend, Oct. 25 and 26. Talented percussionists and color-guard performers interested in joining — or just learning more about — these elite indoor ensembles should plan to attend a day of rehearsal and fun.

Minnesota Brass Indoor Drumline kicks off the weekend with its first audition on Saturday, Oct. 25, from noon to 8 p.m. Auditions will be held at Park Center High School in Brooklyn Park. Minnesota Brass Indoor Drumline competes in WGI World Class events across the Upper Midwest and the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio. Audition packets are available for the battery and front ensemble.

MBI Winter Guard begins its fifth season on Sunday, Oct. 26.  Join them from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the White Bear Lake Armory in 10406783_794639527244318_4301014674136767814_nWhite Bear Lake for a day of spinning and dancing as we set the cast for what promises to be an incredible 2015 season. Even if you’re just looking to try the MBI experience and learn some new twirls, you too are welcome.  MBI Winter Guard is open to performers aged 16 to 22 and competes on the North Star and WGI circuits.  All equipment will be provided on Sunday, but if you have something you prefer to spin, please feel free to bring it. Be sure to wear black rehearsal attire, too.

There is a $25 audition fee for each event.

Katy Bensen named managing director for Minnesota Brass

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Katy Bensen

Minnesota Brass is pleased to announce that Katy Bensen has been appointed to the new position of managing director for Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps, Indoor Winter Drumline and Winter Guard.

This new leadership position grew out of the organization’s reflections on how to best serve its many members while effectively managing multiple world-class organizations. In her new capacity, Katy will support each ensemble’s commitment to providing an unparalleled membership experience.

“We’re delighted Katy will be joining the admin team,” said Eric Molho, executive director of Minnesota Brass.  “She is a strong leader and great teacher.”

Katy joined the Minnesota Brass family in 1989, playing the French horn bugle for her first of two years marching with the corps.  She also performed with Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps in 1990 and 1991.  Two years ago Katy returned to Minnesota Brass as a member of the visual staff. She also served as membership coordinator in 2014.

This fall Katy began her teaching career as a band director at White Bear Lake Central Middle School and as a kindergarten music instructor at Otter Lake Elementary School, both part of White Bear Lake Area School District. Her career also includes many years in restaurant and event management.