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Sounds of Minnesota Winter Edition in S. St. Paul Saturday

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The curtain is ready to rise on the 2016 MBI Winter Guard performance season as the ensemble hosts Sounds of Minnesota Winter Edition this Saturday, Feb. 6, at South St. Paul High School.

The event is expected to feature 14 units from around the region competing in six classes. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6.

MBI Winter Guard—whose 2016 show is titled “Auto-Correcting Society”—placed first last weekend in the Independent A Class at the North Star Circuit’s annual season-opening Scholarship Show in Mendota Heights. “MBIWG had a strong start to the season at the Scholarship Show,” said director Wil Furnstahl. “The performance was well received by both audience and judges.”

The group has been an Independent A Class unit since 2011, when they were moved up to Open Class after their performance at the Indianapolis Power Regional resulted in an 11th place finish at the WGI World Championships event. MBI Winter Guard is a consecutive two time WGI Independent Open Class Finalist and the 2012 Kansas City Regional Independent Open class champion.

The 16-member MBI Winter Guard is co-directed by Furnstahl and Emily Merriman for their sixth consecutive season and a staff that includes returning members Jessi Foell, Jon Su and Mary Stennes. New staff members include Jared Peterson, Aaron Shaleen, Rachel Graack, Becci O’Kane and Dani Lovitz.

Sounds of Minnesota Winter Edition
When: 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6
Where: South St. Paul High School, 700 2nd St. N., South St Paul, MN 55075
Admission: $8-$6. All seats are general admission and available at the door.

MBI Winter Guard ‘virtually’ ready for 2016 season

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It’s a digital world today, and we’re all just connected bits and bytes.

That somewhat dystopian view is the theme of MBI Winter Guard’s 2016 show, “Auto-Correcting Society,” that will see its debut performance Jan. 31 at the Scholarship Show at Henry Sibley High School in Mendota Heights, Minn.

“Our soundtrack this year surrounds a voice-over narrative that aims to define how our devices, apps and technology have changed human interaction and society as a whole,” explains Wil Furnstahl, MBI Winter Guard director. He adds the show was inspired by a spoken-word art performance. “We loved the message and felt it was so relevant to both our members and audiences alike.”

Furnstahl describes the visual aspect of the show as “a colorful world comprising squares and rectangles that are reminiscent of the device screens with which we surround ourselves every day. The shapes also appear within the costuming, along with digitized pixilation patterns in our flags. The show continuously presents a motif of individuals stopping to stare at their hand (which is in the shape of one holding a phone) as the chaotic world continues around them.”

The 16-member unit is co-directed by Furnstahl and Emily Merriman for their sixth consecutive season and a staff that includes returning members Jessi Foell, Jon Su and Mary Stennes. New staff members include Jared Peterson, Aaron Shaleen, Rachel Graack, Becci O’Kane and Dani Lovitz; all in all, it the largest staff ever to work with the guard, Furnstahl said.

“We are happy to have Mary, Rachel and Dani as program alums,” he added, “and feel it’s important to keep alumni actively engaged and involved.”

Furnstahl said the guard will appear in six local shows including its home show, “Sounds of Minnesota: Winter Edition,” on Feb 6 at South St. Paul High School. The guard will once again compete nationally as they travel to the WGI St. Louis Regional contest in March and the WGI Color Guard World Championships in Dayton, Ohio, in April.

For more information about the MBI Winter Guard’s 2016 show and performance schedule, go to http://mnbrass.org/winterguard.

Audition Weekend Kicks off MBI ’16

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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

Super Audition Camp Fast Approaching!

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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.

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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.

Minnesota Brass to Launch Indoor Winds Ensemble

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Auditions for all winter ensembles September 27

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Minnesota Brass is excited to announce the launch of a new winds ensemble for the 2016 indoor season. Featuring brass and woodwinds, the new group will provide members with the same exciting performance opportunities their percussion and color guard peers have enjoyed for years.

“We want to create a highly engaging and energetic program that is fun for both our members and our fans,” said Eric Molho, executive director of Minnesota Brass. “This is an exciting indication of the growth of our organization.” The ensemble will be under the creative direction of Scott Palmer, brass caption supervisor for Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps and band director at Eden Prairie High School. The ensemble will compete regionally and at the 2016 WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio, in April 2016.  Prospective members interested in joining the new ensemble should complete this contact information form.

In addition to launching the new winds ensemble, Minnesota Brass is also scheduling a Super Audition Camp for all three indoor ensembles. Potential members of MBI Winter Guard, Minnesota Brass Indoor Percussion and the new winds ensemble should mark Sunday, Sept. 27, on their calendars. The Super Audition Camp will provide an opportunity for all of the winter/indoor ensembles to launch their seasons together and to leverage the comprehensive strengths of the Minnesota Brass organization. Details about the audition camp are below; for more information about joining a Minnesota Brass ensemble complete the appropriate contact information form.

Super Audition Camp

Auditions for MBI Winter Guard, Minnesota Brass Indoor Percussion and the Minnesota Brass winds ensemble.
Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015
8:30 a.m.  Registration opens
9 am. – 4 p.m. Audition camp (lunch included)
Brooklyn Center High School
Camp/audition fee:  $25

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