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A tip of the shako to sponsors, fans and volunteers

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As Minnesota Brass puts the lid on a highly successful 2019 season – finishing second at the DCI SoundSport International Music & Food Festival in Indianapolis in August – the organization would like to thank its sponsors for the support.

Several events and other opportunities materialize annually making a successful season a challenge every year – and 2019 was no exception. From presenting Drum Corps International contests in Menomonie, Wis., and Farmington, Minn., to funding new instruments and covering travel expenses, our sponsors, committed fans and indispensable volunteers continue to keep the organization moving forward.

So here’s a special salute to those sponsors who made 2019 an exceptional year:

Annual Meeting: October 7

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The Minnesota Brass Board of Directors has set the annual meeting for the corporation at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 7. The meeting will be held at the offices of Olsen Theilin (2675 Long Lake Road, Roseville, MN 55113-1117).

The agenda for the meeting includes proposals to update the oganization’s bylaws, review the organization’s finances and elect new board members. The meeting is open to all and voting is open to corporate members. (Generally speaking, corporate members include the staff, volunteers and performers of a Minnesota Brass performing ensemble.)

The proposed changes to the organization’s bylaws are available online. 

The following individuals have been nominated by the board to serve on the board of directors. Cindy Bach (long time brass performer and former board member); Amanda Posten (former percussion performing and staff member); and David Whitaker (long time administrative team member and former brass performer). Per the bylaws, the membership must ratify all new board members and will vote to do so at the Annual Meeting. Full bios of nominated board members are below.

Cindy Bach

Cindy’s involvement with MBI spans five decades beginning with her first year as a baritone player in 1975 and including 2019 as a parade corps mellophone. Her musical involvement has had her performing on baritone, mellophone, trumpet, as well as a brief stint in the color guard.  She has served countless leadership roles for MBI through her years of service.  She unofficially retired from performing in 2016, but she returned to the corps of 2018.

Cindy is a licensed interior designer/project manager and has designed healthcare clinics and hospitals, retail establishments, and corporate environments. She brings a skill set of new business development, a wide variety of network contacts throughout the design industry, and a desire to see the corps thrive in a performing arts environment that is rapidly changing. Cindy is a quiet, often overlooked, but powerful champion for MBI.

Amanda Posten
Amanda graduated South Saint Paul High School after marching 2009-2012 in their winter drumline. Her experience with MBI started in 2011 with the winter drumline. She marched the summers of 2013, 2015, and 2017 on Mellophone, 2014 in the front ensemble, and aged out in 2016 with the winter drumline. Previously, she taught Andover High School Marching Band and Grove Area Percussion Winter Drumline. She’s very excited to step into a new role for Minnesota Brass and the Minnesota marching community!

Dave Whitaker
Dave first joined MBI in 1990 in the Baritone section, sharing a spot with Cindy Bach (also nominated for a board term). Since then, Dave was a performing member for six scattered years, a member of the visual staff, and performed other administrative and technical roles. His  previous leadership with the organization includes serving on the board, as member and chair, for 15+ years, and as a part of the executive team for the past 10+ years. Dave is excited to return to the board to share his experience, and to ensure a secure future for the organization.

 

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As the parade passes by

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Minnesota Brass alumni and friends performed Sunday, August 25 at the Minnesota State Fair parade. The performance involved over 50 alumni and staff who gathered for the great Minnesota get together. Organized by passionate alumni, the performance unit featured brass, percussion and color guard members. Staff included: Mark Santori, Rick Rueckert and Shannon Pierce for the brass caption; Nick Moreno and Robb Muller for percussion and Heather Moreno for color guard. Special thanks to Jim Duggan for conceiving of this fantastic opportunity and bringing it to life!

If you missed the alumni corps last Sunday, don’t worry! A second performance is already scheduled for Sunday, September 1. The State Fair Parade begins at 2 p.m. daily. The parade features the Minnesota Brass alumni corps, floats, animals, specialty units and visiting royalty. The 14-block parade route begins near the Haunted House, goes north on Cosgrove Street, west on Randall Avenue, and south on Underwood Street ending just south of the Haunted House. Parade units are announced at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell and the east side of the Family Fair Stage at Baldwin Park (ASL-interpreted at Baldwin Park). The High School Marching Band Competition is proudly sponsored by McDonald’s.

Town Hall Meeting Saturday, April 27

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To our Minnesota Brass Family and Friends:

You are invited to attend an important Town Hall meeting for all Minnesota Brass stakeholders on Saturday, April 27 at Northdale Middle School. Lunch at 12 p.m. with conversation to follow beginning at 12:45 p.m.

The 2019 summer drum corps season is fast approaching. These are exciting times for Minnesota Brass as we hope to return to the field this year. But they also are challenging times. And we need your help.

The winter ensembles – MBI Indoor Percussion and MBI Winter Guard have just ended successful seasons with exemplary performances at the WGI Championships in Ohio. The future of the larger organization looks healthy.

And while everyone is hopeful the summer program will be equally successful, we face considerable frustrations. Turnout of potential performers at winter rehearsals has been disappointingly limited. And the ranks of our hard-working volunteer and support staffs have continued to dwindle. Frankly, it is unclear just where the level of support for the summer program stands.

On Saturday, April 27, the MBI Board of Directors is meeting to discuss – among many important issues – the prospects for the 2019 summer program. This meeting will be held in conjunction with a daylong full-corps rehearsal camp at Northdale Middle School (11301 Dogwood St. NW, Coon Rapids, Minn.). You are invited to visit camp and participate in a Town Hall meeting to discuss plans for the summer. The board invites your attendance to provide input and offer possible action plans before making any decision about 2019. We hope to hear from you.

Please consider joining us for this important meeting. Your insight is valuable and needed, and your continued support is greatly appreciated. As an added incentive, you are invited to join the corps for lunch!

Minnesota Brass Town Hall
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Lunch at 12 p.m.
Town Hall to follow at 12:45 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Northdale Middle School, 11301 Dogwood St. NW, Coon Rapids, MN

If you can’t make the meeting, but wish to contribute your ideas to the discussion, please send them to eric @ mnbrass.org

Minnesota Brass Nominates Two for Board of Directors

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At its December meeting, the Minnesota Brass Board of Directors nominated two candidates to become new members to the board. Brief introductions of Marissa Moeller and Tom Reimer are below.

As outlined in the bylaws of the organization, the board’s nomination needs to be ratified by a vote of the full membership. The ratification process will follow the following timeline and process:

January 22: Candidates will attend the January board meeting and be available to meet any members interested in speaking with the candidates.

January 25: The ratification process will be conducted online with details posted on the website and organizational facebook page. The online form will be open from 6 a.m. to midnight CST.


Marissa Moeller

Marissa Moeller has been a performing member of Minnesota Brass since 2013, after learning about the corps from a classmate at the University of Minnesota who took her to a rehearsal.

She was a member of the U of M Marching Band while in college, during which time she learned “valuable
interpersonal skills for a group of 320-plus.”

Moeller currently works as a dental hygienist, during which she spends a fair amount of her time educating patients as well as communicating with a variety of individuals on a daily basis. She served in 2017 and 2018 on the board of trustees for the Minnesota Dental Hygienists’ Association as the metro-area Trustee. Her work involved planning continuing-education events and networking with other hygienists around the state.

Marissa’s top priorities as a board member would revolve around membership growth and retention, a firm development of values and enhancing members’ experience, regardless of with which ensemble—winter guard, drum line, Minne-Brass or the summer corps—they choose to perform, experiencing a challenging, yet rewarding, program.

”Being a member for the past six years does make me emotionally invested in the corps, but I hope to approach a board position with what is best for the group as a whole, to ensure the longevity of Minnesota Brass.”

Tom Reimer

Tom Reimer’s 20-year association with Minnesota Brass began in 1998 when he joined as a performing member of the percussion section. He continued to perform with the corps in 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2012, and he was on the instructional staff from 2007 to 2010.

Formerly the Percussion Department manager for Dynasty USA, Reimer is now Judge Coordinator for the Minnesota Percussion Association and has served as a percussion judge for WGI, MPA and Youth in Music. He also currently serves on the educational staff of Shadow Drum & Bugle Corps of Oregon, Wis. He is married to Shadow Director Rebecca Compton Allen, also a former performer with MBI.

Tom’s goals while serving on the MBI board of directors include finding short- and long-term performance opportunities for the organization, as well as expanding both alumni and volunteer involvement with MBI. He values “tenacious” recruiting efforts and “steering the organizational culture toward positiveness.”

“The perspective I’m most excited to share with the organization is that I’ve seen the activity from several different vantage points. In addition to being on educational staff with Shadow, I also do some administration, recruiting, fundraising, etc. Working for a manufacturing company allowed me to see behind the curtain of drum-corps-as-business. And my role as MPA judge coordinator requires me to attend board meetings, where I have seen the organization evolve greatly over the last decade.”