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Joe Asleson named director of Minnesota Brass Indoor Drumline

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Joe Asleson

Joe Asleson

Minnesota Brass is pleased to announce that Joe Asleson is the new director of Minnesota Brass Indoor Drumline. As a long-time Minnesota Brass Indoor staff member, Joe will continue to bring his passion and experience to our world-class organization.

In 2014, Joe was voted Instructor of the Year by the Minnesota Percussion Association. He serves as the percussion caption head and battery arranger for the Eden Prairie High School Marching Band, as well as battery arranger and visual designer for the Eden Prairie Indoor Drumline. For the 2012 and 2013 seasons, he served as snare technician as well as battery visual instructor and choreographer for the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps of Dubuque, Iowa. He has instructed and designed at various high schools in Minnesota and offers private lessons to several students in the Twin Cities area.

Joe just wrapped up another season as a snare section leader with Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps, where he first performed in 2005. He also was section leader for the 2010 season, when the corps earned high percussion honors. In 2008, he performed with the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps, serving as snare section leader for his age-out season. He performed with Minnesota Brass Indoor in its inaugural season in 2008 and with Music City Mystique (bronze medalist) in 2009.

Corps necklace establishes a new Minnesota Brass tradition

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Trumpet player Marissa Moeller's necklace shows that she has been with Minnesota Brass for one year.

Trumpet player Marissa Moeller’s corps necklace shows that she has finished one season with Minnesota Brass.

When Minnesota Brass takes the field this season, members are wearing more than new uniforms — they’re also proudly bearing a new tradition in the form of corps necklaces. The neckwear was presented for the first time to performers and staff members at last fall’s end-of-season banquet to denote how long each person has been with the drum and bugle corps. But for corps director Eric Molho, the necklaces mean much more than that. “It’s important for all of us to have tangible, meaningful reminders that we’re all part of one organization — and many of us refer to that organization as a family,” he said. “The necklace helps serve as a reminder across different ensembles, different seasons, different sections that we all share a common experience and common connection.” To create the necklaces, Molho enlisted the help of baritone/euphonium section leaders Jacob Welle and Sam Springer, and Linda Belcher of the support staff. The trio drew inspiration from similar efforts from DCI corps such as Spirit of Atlanta, the Madison Scouts and the Colts of Dubuque, Iowa — all of which count Minnesota Brass members among their alumni. “We looked at a few websites to find a ‘look,’ something that was meaningful to us,” Springer said. “But truth is our logo was what we valued most.” Their efforts resulted in necklaces that featured a large center bead with the Minnesota Brass logo on a black cord, along with a variety of beads with meanings depending on color and style:

A close-up of the MBI corps necklace.

A close-up of the Minnesota Brass corps necklace.

* Blue round bead: marching field member * Gray bead: staff member (field, support, administration, board) * White bead: one year with the corps * Black bead: five years * Silver bead: 10 years * Gold bead: 20 years * Red bead: 30 years * Wooden bead: winter drumline member * Light blue glass bead: winter color guard member (A small blue glass bead, available for 2014 only, honors the memory of Kayla Koranda, 18, a member of the winter drumline who was killed in January.) “The beads per section tied them together, and the years just held tight to the fact that we never age out of drum corps; we just age in to senior corps,” Springer said.

Trumpet player Kurt "Flash" Schiebel wears a necklace that shows he has been with MBI for years.

Trumpet player Kurt “Flash” Schiebel wears a necklace that shows he has been with the corps for 28  years.

Now, thanks to the corps necklaces, members can carry around a little part of Minnesota Brass wherever they go. “For each individual, the necklace is now something every member has to signify their experience,” Molho said. “While many of us have jackets and all of us have memories, the corps previously did not make sure that every member had a memento, a reminder of what it is they have accomplished as an individual performer. Hopefully, the necklace will be a source of pride as people recall their own hard work, commitment to excellence and positive experience with the corps.”

(Any Minnesota Brass alumni who are interested in getting a necklace representing their involvement with the corps should contact alumni@mnbrass.org.)

Winter Drumline

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Minnesota Brass Indoor is a winter drumline ensemble sponsored by the Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps non-profit organization. Competing in both the Minnesota Percussion Association (MPA) and the Winter Guard International (WGI) circuits, Minnesota Brass Indoor prides itself in providing a premier member experience. Celebrating our 7th year of existence, Minnesota Brass Indoor has held a high standard in performance, becoming MPA World Class Champions and WGI World Class Finalists.

After a fantastic 2013 season and with great momentum, Minnesota Brass Indoor will compete in WGI Independent World Class in 2014. We’re looking for passionate performers willing to take it to the next level.