Minnesota Brass Inc. (MBI) has recently reaffirmed its commitment to a safe environment for all members and staff. MBI has since established a Conduct Review Committee (CRC) to review any and all allegations of inappropriate behavior. The CRC has an Open Door policy and is the watchdog for violations of MBI policy, The CRC has already begun review and investigations of various allegations of inappropriate behavior. In addition, the CRC has prepared an update that specifically addresses issues involved with reporting, whether anonymous or named, and now offers a new, confidential online reporting form. Because submitting a report can often be difficult, the CRC wants to reassure those contemplating making a report that they have a voice and a safe haven for reporting violations of MBI policy. Please feel free to review the CRC update and see the confidential online reporting form here.
With the new changes in leadership at Minnesota Brass, the corps has decided to focus their efforts on the summer program and delay the launch of MBI Winds.
We are aware of the impact this decision has on the growing community of performers who wish to participate. We look forward to launching this ensemble into a growing WGI winds community both locally and nationally. Minnesota Brass is committed to providing an expanded opportunity for new members to perform in this inclusive new activity. Minnesota Brass wishes the best to all of the WGI winds units competing this season as this exciting new platform grows into its own.
Meanwhile there are amazing performance opportunities to participate as the MBI Winter Guard and MBI Indoor Percussion, as well as with the nationally renown, award winning summer drum and bugle corps program. We look forward to announcing the news of these great programs in the coming months. Thank you for your support.
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
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.
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.