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Winter Finale & Spring Preview

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Join us this Sunday, April 2nd for our winter finale featuring MBI Indoor Percussion and MBI Winter Guard.

Our winter drumline and winter guard are both on incredible trajectories, poised to make an impact at WGI Finals. If you haven’t seen them yet, you need to. If you haven’t seen them recently, you’ll be taken aback. Every performance uncovers something new.

We’ll also introduce the 2017 summer hornline & drumline with our spring preview of the music from our program: Pins & Needles. You’ll hear Hall of the Mountain King, Trent Reznor’s Hurt, Medea, and Death Hunt from On Dangerous Ground all cleverly mixed with that Minnesota Brass sound.

For a $5 donation, you can see the best winter guard and winter drumline in the state of Minnesota, and get a preview of our 2017 summer program music. Your donation helps pay for our facility fees and keeps Minnesota Brass going strong through it’s 71st season and for future generations. Kids under 10 are free.

Location: Brooklyn Center High School (main gym)
Date: Sunday, April 2
Time: 2pm
Cost: $5 (kids under 10 free)

MBI Winter Guard 2017

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Minnesota’s premier independent winter guard, MBI is officially kicking-off the 2017 season with an auditions & clinic event.

Join us Sunday, October 30th from 9am-2pm at the White Bear Lake Armory in White Bear Lake, MN for a day filled with choreography and skills taught by some of the top instructors in the area. This event is open to anyone interested in auditioning for a spot with the 2017 cast as well as those looking to gain new experience.

Equipment will be provided. Please wear rehearsal appropriate attire and bring a lunch or snack.

Entry fee: $25

MBI Winter Guard is an extension of the Minnesota Brass Drum Corps and competes in the Independent A Class of the North Star Circuit & Winter Guard International. They are a 3 time WGI World Championships Finalist and have earned numerous accolades both locally, regionally and nationally.

MBIWG provides its members with a structured and educational program focused on training, development & growth as well as:

  • Affordable dues
  • School/work/life balanced schedule
  • A consistent and competitively successful experience

MBI Winter Guard is the right choice for those age 22 and under looking to advance their color guard skills and perform amongst the very best.

For those interested in auditioning for a spot with the 2017 cast, call-backs will be held the following Sunday, November 6 from 9am-2pm at the White Bear Lake armory. Those offered a spot are expected to attend regularly scheduled Sunday rehearsals beginning Nov 13.

For more information, please RSVP at mnbrass.org/winterguard

MBI Winter Guard Places 10th at WGI World Championships

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The MBI Winter Guard wrapped up their 2016 season with a stellar performance at the WGI Independent A Class World Championships in Dayton, Ohio Saturday placing 10th with a final score of 87.615.  Competition began Thursday with 70 units.  “I’m so very proud of what the guard accomplished this year,” said Minnesota Brass executive director Eric Molho.  “The members and staff had a phenomenal season and earned a great honor as a top-ten finalist in national competition.”  Other Minnesota finalists at WGI competition included Elk River High School (5th place in Scholastic A Class competition) and Eden Prairie High School (19th place in Scholastic Open Class competition).

Auditions for the Minnesota Brass drum and bugle corps color guard are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening, April 20 at Brooklyn Center High School  See our Quick Guide for more information.

MBI Winter Guard Advances to WGI Finals!

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“It was an absolutely stellar performance” said MBI Winter Guard co-director, Wil Furnstahl about the guard’s semi-final execution at Wright State University’s Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio on Friday afternoon.  The guard was seeded 16th after their preliminary performance in WGI Independent A Class competition.  Their semi-finals score of 88.15 compelled the corps to the number 9 position as they head into finals on Saturday morning.  The MBI Winter Guard will take the floor at 10:38 EST for finals.   70 units began competition on Thursday to determine the twenty finalists that will compete at Finals.

This year the MBI Winter Guard explores our obsession with technology and personal devices.  Their 2016 production, Auto-Correcting Society, challenges viewers to put down their phones and reconnect IRL (in real life).  Fans and friends may still want to grab their phones to see the guard’s latest updates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  In addition, live video will broadcoast throughout the morning using the periscope app (follow:  minnesotabrass).

MBI Winter Guard is one of six North Star Circuit units competing this weekend in Dayton at the WGI Color Guard World Championships.  Lux Independent, Eclipse Independent, Elk River HS, Irondale HS and Eden Prairie HS also participated in preliminary competition Thursday with Elk River and Eden Prairie advancing to semi-finals.  As this article was published, Elk River had also advanced to finals and will perform at 3:07 p.m. (EST) Saturday.  (Eden Prairie’s results will be known late on Friday evening.)

 

It Doesn’t Get Any Easier! Support the MBI Winter Guard on Thursday

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It’ll be here before you know it.  It’s almost the third Thursday of February which means it’s your chance to support the MBI Winter Guard with about as much effort as it takes to order dinner.

This Thursday, February 18, visit the Crystal location of Buffalo Wild Wings and tell them you’re with “Team E” or “MBI Winter Guard” and 10% of your bill will go to MBI Winter Guard. It’s that easy!  Lunch?  Dinner?  Night out to watch the Wild game?  Whatever your excuse and no matter what you order, you can help.  Spread the word and join us this Thursday.