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Minnesota Brass Presents ‘Wings 4 Things’

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You now have a new way to help support Minnesota Brass AND enjoy delicious wings! Visit participating Buffalo Wild Wings, and 10% of your tab will come back to our organization! Just mention you are there to support MBI, and your server will take care of the rest.  Be sure to keep checking back as we partner with more locations.


  • B-Dubs Express: 7529 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55435 (Team A)
  • Buffalo Wild Wings – Savage: 7551 Egan Drive, Savage, MN 55378 (Team A)
  • Buffalo Wild Wings – Coon Rapids: 3395 River Rapids Dr, Coon Rapids, MN 55448
  • Buffalo Wild Wings – Plymouth: 3505 Vicksburg Ln N, Plymouth, MN 55447 (Team M)
  • Buffalo Wild Wings – Crystal: 5590 West Broadway Ave, Crystal, MN 55429 (Team A)

2019 Leadership Team Announced

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Former Minnesota Brass (MBI) performing member Jeremy Semler has been selected to serve as the organization’s executive director for 2019.  In this role Semler will oversee all of the organization’s ensembles and lead the summer drum and bugle corps.  Katy Bensen will serve as operations director for the drum corps in 2019. Joel Matuzak will serve as creative director, reporting to the executive director and overseeing educational staff and programming for the summer ensemble.

Semler performed with the corps as a mellophone player during the 2008 season and was assistant drum major in 2009 and 2010, as well as performing with Minnesota Brass Indoor in 2009. In 2013, he joined the administrative team of Minneapolis-based Chops Drum and Bugle Corps, focusing on recruitment. He was named assistant director of the corps in 2016, and moved up to the directorship in 2018. During that season the corps achieved its first Drum Corps Associates Open Class finalist position. Outside of drum corps, Semler is a technical trainer for a smart-home software provider. He lives in Minneapolis.

Bensen will serve as operations director of the summer program and will continue as director of MBI Indoor Percussion in 2019. She has served on the MBI visual staff since 2013 and has been the corps’ managing director since 2014, also providing member support for the corps’ winter ensembles. She currently teaches music in the White Bear Lake School District in suburban St. Paul, and teaches private lessons, summer band and high-school marching band. She lives in Vadnais Heights, Minn.

Matuzak has been the program coordinator for Minnesota Brass since 2002 and percussion caption head since 1998. Under his leadership, the corps has won the DCA Open Class Championship (2011) and been a silver medalist five times, as well as winning four DCA percussion titles. He is the design coordinator for the Minnesota Brass Indoor Percussion drum line and has been the head instructor of the Sköl Line, a drum line for the Minnesota Vikings NFL franchise, since 2008. He is highly regarded as an arranger, drill writer, clinician and adjudicator. He is an alumnus of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, member of both the Minnesota Percussion Association and Minnesota Brass hall of fame, and a 2012 inductee of the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame. He has been the director of instrumental music at Highland Park Senior High School in St. Paul since 1997.

Annual Meeting: October 17

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Minnesota Brass Incorporated will hold its Annual Meeting on Wednesday evening, October 17 from 7:30 – 9 p.m. at the offices of Olsen-Theilin 2675 Long Lake Rd, Roseville, Minnesota, 55113.  The Annual Meeting is required by the organization’s by-laws and will include a review of the financial health and programs for Minnesota Brass Incorporated.

In addition, the 2018 Annual Meeting will include an update on the ongoing development of new leaders and volunteers to guide the organization in the future.

The meeting is open to all.  Alumni and interested stakeholders are strongly encouraged to attend.

Excitement Builds for 2019: Help Wanted!

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At the Town Hall meeting on September 27, over 50 individuals participated in a discussion regarding the future of Minnesota Brass.  The leadership team shared the results of the recent stakeholder engagement process and made explicit the organization’s need for new volunteers.  2019 offers an opportunity for the organization to develop new leadership, new roles and new excitement for the future.

Specifically, the organization is seeing new administrative leadership, new potential board members and new volunteers.


Minnesota Brass is hiring for three positions to for the 2018-19 artistic season.

This new team will ultimately be responsible for creating a shared vision for Minnesota Brass’s next chapter.  They have an opportunity to leverage our many strengths as an organization and chart the course for the future.  Previous experience with Minnesota Brass is not required.  For the organization to thrive in 2019 and beyond, we need an energetic, passionate group of leaders who are ready to build the future.

These roles are responsible for the day-to-day operation of the organization, primarily focused on the needs of the summer drum corps but supporting multiple ensembles as required.  Candidates must be flexible, detail-oriented, highly organized, able to prioritize, be self-motivated and able to work well with others.  These positions could be the ideal part-time position for a professional artist, entry-level arts administrator or home-based parent.  All positions will receive a modest stipend.

Executive Director:  Responsible for administration, fundraising, marketing and hiring key artistic staff

Operations Director:  Responsible for securing facilities, coordinating schedules and managing equipment

Membership Director:  Responsible for recruiting members, membership records, policy compliance and alumni relations

See this earlier post for more information.


Minnesota Brass is seeking to grow the board of directors with a particular emphasis on age, gender and racial diversity to better reflect our community.  The board is responsible for the strategy and long-term vision of the organization.  Additionally, the board is responsible for the financial health of the organization and is ultimately responsible for resource development (fundraising) and supervising the administrative team.  The board will have many large issues on its plate in the future and will require strategic thinkers who are able to see the long-term view.

Potential board members can complete an online application via this link. 


Minnesota Brass is seeking to grow its cadre of active volunteers to support all our ensembles.  These assignments may include projects or one-time opportunities to help.

To share your talents with Minnesota Brass, click this link. 

Stakeholder Engagement Report Available

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This summer the Minnesota Brass Board of Directors contracted with Red House Consulting to gather an independent, objective overview of our stakeholder’s perspectives. They have concluded their work and we are pleased to share their final report with anyone interested in reading their input gathered from focus groups and surveys.

We will host a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday Sept. 26, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., for all those interested in the future of Minnesota Brass. At the meeting, we will review the report and discuss the critical need for alumni and members to step forward in volunteer and leadership roles. The Town Hall meeting will be held at the offices of Olsen-Thielen & Co., 2675 Long Lake Road, Roseville, Minn., 55113.

The stakeholder engagement report outlines many issues facing Minnesota Brass. For some of these, there is clear consensus among our alumni and supporters. For other issues, we do not all agree.

One of the organization’s pressing issues is new leadership. As the report articulates, “MBI’s impending board and administrative leadership transition is a source of concern (where will the leaders come from? Will they have what they need to succeed?) and of opportunity (this is a chance to recruit individuals with the skills, ideas, and energy MBI needs to thrive and survive).” The board has announced plans to hire three new administrative leaders to move the work forward. Applications for these positions are due October 5, 2018. Detailed job descriptions are now available online. (Click the highlighted text to access the job descriptions.)

This new team will ultimately be responsible for creating a shared vision for Minnesota Brass’s next chapter. They have an opportunity to leverage our many strengths as an organization and chart the course for the future. I hope you will consider stepping up to take on one of these roles or encourage talented individuals in your network to do so. Previous experience with Minnesota Brass is not required. For the organization to thrive in 2019 and beyond, we need an energetic, passionate group of leaders who are ready to build the future.

In addition to the new administrative team, we will also be adding new members to the board of directors in the coming months. At the Town Hall meeting, there will be details about how to be considered for membership on the board. The board will have many large issues on its plate in the future and will require strategic thinkers who are able to see the long-term view. We especially need age, gender and racial diversity on our board to better reflect our community.

The opportunity now exists to bring this amazing organization back to the field in 2019. But it will not be accomplished by a small group. Everyone who cares about MBI and its future can take part in a great 2019 season. THIS WON’T WORK WITHOUT YOU!