Joe is an educator and designer in the marching arts from Minneapolis, MN. After 5 years on staff with Minnesota Brass Indoor (PIW Finalist 2013) Joe will be moved into the role of director for the 2015 season and will remain in that role for 2016. He will also retain the role of visual designer. This year marked Joe's first year as Visual Caption Head for the Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps. Joe currently serves as the Percussion Caption Head and Battery Arranger at Eden Prairie High School for the group’s marching band (BOA St. Louis Super Regional Finalist in 2012 & 2014) as well as Battery Arranger and Visual Designer for their indoor drumline. In just their 2nd year of existence in 2013, the Eden Prairie HS indoor drumline was promoted to World Class and had the honor of performing among the best in the country at WGI Finals for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. For the 2012 and 2013 seasons he served as snare technician as well as battery visual instructor and choreographer for the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps. In 2014 he was voted Instructor of the Year by the Minnesota Percussion Association, and in 2015 he join the MPA board of directors. He has instructed and designed at various high schools in Minnesota and offers private lessons to several students in the Twin Cities area.
In 2008 Joe performed with the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps, serving as snare section leader for his age-out season. He also performed with Minnesota Brass Indoor in their inaugural season in 2008, and Music City Mystique (2009 bronze medalist) as a member of the snareline. His performing career started with Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps (2005-2006, 2009-2010, 2014) where he was section leader for the 2010 and 2014 seasons, earning high percussion honors in 2010. Joe has had the privilege of learning from great instructors such as Roger Carter, Casey Brohard, Tim Maynard, Carl Eppler, Joe Hobbs, Shane Gwaltney, Mike Ferry and Joel Matuzak. In his spare time, Joe enjoys running around the lakes of South Minneapolis.
Joel 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 Drumline and has been the head instructor of the Sköl Line, a drumline for the Minnesota Vikings NFL franchise, since 2008. He is highly regarded as an arranger, drill writer, clinician and adjudicator. He has instructed and arranged for many marching ensembles throughout the United States, including the University of Arkansas, Governaires Drum and Bugle Corps, Irondale High School, Waseca High School and Eden Prairie High School. He is an alumni 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 is a graduate of St. Cloud State University with a degree in music education. He has been the director of instrumental music at Highland Park Senior High School in St. Paul since 1997.
Craig is a percussion educator, clinician, composer and arranger who has worked with many programs throughout the Midwest, including Eden Prairie High School, the Colts and Waconia High School. He also is a staff composer/arranger for JKS Music, and serves on the board of directors for the Minnesota Percussion Association. He started his performance career at Minnesota Brass in 2003 and also has performed as a World Class finalist with Rhythm X (2008 WGI PIW World Champions), the Cadets (Allentown, Pa.) and the Bluecoats (Canton, Ohio). At Eden Prairie High School, he is the front ensemble/sound design arranger in addition to the assistant director of the program’s percussion ensembles. He received his degree in Percussion Performance from St. Cloud State University.
Since aging out of junior corps in 2003, Mike has found a home within the Minnesota Brass organization. He marched snare drum in the 2004 DCA champion percussion section, and was asked to join the education staff starting in 2005. In 2008 he became a charter member of MBI Winter Percussion staff, and has experienced a rise through the WGI open class circuit all the way to an Open Class silver medal in 2012, and their first World Class finals appearance in 2013. He maintains a strong passion for personal mastery and camaraderie through hard work, and is very excited to be working with this world class organization again this year.
During the day Mike is the Education Sales Manager at MakeMusic Inc., the creator of industry leading music software Finale and SmartMusic. He currently resides in the Battle Creek neighborhood of St. Paul with his wife Shelby, son Joseph, and dog Liza.
Joe has been an active percussion educator and performer in the Twin Cities area since 2009. He has instructed and arranged for marching band and indoor percussion at Rosemount HS, Eden Prairie HS, 728 Cadets, River Valley Percussion Theatre, Blaine HS, Armstrong HS, among many more. At the independent level he has been a snare drum technician with Minnesota Brass Indoor, percussion caption head/arranger for Chops Drum and Bugle Corps, as well as battery coordinator for Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps. Joe holds an Associate in Fine Arts/Music degree from Normandale Community College and is currently studying at the University of Minnesota to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education.
Joe’s marching experience includes 5 years of drum corps and 4 years of indoor percussion: Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps (2009, 2010, 2013), Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps (2011, 2012), and Minnesota Brass Indoor (2010-2013).
Mike Finney started his percussion career at Coon Rapids High School in 2007. After high school, he began his drum corps experience with Minnesota Brass marching in the snare line in the summer corps and with Minnesota Brass Indoor drumline from 2009-2012 and 2014. Finney has participated in the University of Wisconsin, River Falls percussion studio where he attended school for a music education degree. Mike has taught at Henry Sibley High School as the battery caption head; Forest Lake High School as a battery technician; River Valley Percussion Theater battery technician; Coon Rapids High School battery caption head and at Chops Inc. Drum and Bugle Corps as the percussion caption head. Mike also offers percussion lessons for all forms of battery percussion as well as keyboard percussion, and drum-set.
His accomplishments include being a WGI Open class finalist with the Minnesota Brass Indoor drumline in 2009, 2011, and 2012; WGI Open class silver medal 2012; DCA silver medalist 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014 and DCA World Champion in 2011.
Austin began his percussive career with Groove Inc. from Sioux Falls, SD. He was a marching member from 2007-12. Austin used his experience from Groove Inc. and Lincoln High School to march Drum Corp International with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011,13, and 14. After high school Austin moved to Minneapolis and became a member of Minnesota Brass Indoor for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, where he served as section leader for his age out season. He also performed with Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps for the 2015 season. Austin is currently a student at the University of Minnesota where he is studying Psychology with a minor in leadership with intentions in becoming a counselor. He continues his passion for percussion by teaching Eden Prairie Fall Marching Band and Forest Lake Indoor drumline along with private lessons.
Matt started playing in drumlines with Groove Inc in parades in 7th grade and continued through high school, including taking two trips to WGI finals with the Pursuit PIO WGI ensemble. In high school, he performed with the Lincoln High School Marching Band on snare for four years and marched snare at the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps for three years in 2004, 2005, and 2006. Matt has studied concert percussion at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD and has remained an active teacher and performer since then, teaching private lessons and performing with parade drumlines, the Minnesota Vikings Skol Line, and the Minnesota Timberwolves Pack-cussion. Matt has taught at Eastview High School since 2013 as the Battery caption head and has been a drumline and snare technician at River City Rhythm as a snare technician since 2014; Eagan High School from 2013 through 2015; Forest Lake High School in 2013; and Lincoln High School 2009 through 2013. Matt also served as the Assistant Director for Groove Inc./Groove Pursuit, 8 ensembles per week ages 3-20, including the PIO winter drumlines, from 2007 through 2013.
Vlad has been teaching percussion in Minnesota since 2003, having worked with the Champlin Park High School Marching Band and Indoor Drumline (2003–2008) and the Eden Prairie High School Marching Band (2008–2010). He currently works with the Rosemount High School Marching Band, where he started in 2011; the Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps and Indoor Drumline, where he started in 2010; and the South St. Paul High School Drumline, where he started in 2009. Vlad has served on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Percussion Association since 2010 and is the current president of the board.
He is a proud alumnus of South St. Paul High School, where he participated in the marching band and indoor drumline from 1997–2002. He also marched with the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps (2001–2002), the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps (2004–2006), and the Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps (2003, 2007–2008). Vlad has a degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota and works in editing and Web site communications. In his spare time, he enjoys petting strangers' dogs and writing his bio.
Joe Pfau began his percussion career at Bloomington Jefferson High School where he played tenor drums from 2006-2009. Joe has marched quads for Minnesota Brass drum corps from 2009-2010; Bluecoats drum and bugle corps 2011-2013; Minnesota Brass Indoor 2012 and 2014 and RCC Indoor Percussion in 2015. Pfau has worked with the drumlines at Bloomington Jefferson High School in 2014 and Henry Sibley High School from 2013-2014. He has also taught for the Blue Knights as a tenor technician from 2015-2016 and has been teaching private lessons on tenor drums since 2010. Joe graduated Normandale Community College in 2013 with his ASsociate of Arts degree and is currently attending Metropolitan State University. Joe’s accomplishments include receiving four I&E medals include a DCA 2009 Ensemble Champion; 2010 Individual Champion; DCI 2013 third place individual; and receiving a perfect score in the MPA 2014 Individual competition. In 2015, Joe was a WGI World Champion and now holds a world record with RCC Indoor Percussion.
Kirk began his marching career at Sartell High School in 1985. After graduating, he started to march drum corps with Minnesota Brass from 1992 through 1996 and from 2003 till 2005. Since 2008, Kirk has performed with the Minnesota Vikings Sköl drumline. Kirk has been a bass technician for the Eagan winter drumline in 2006; Eden Prairie drumline from 2006 till 2007; Irondale drumline from 2007 through 2013; Eastview drumline in 2015 and has taught at Minnesota Brass since 2013. Kirk’s accomplishments include being a part of the Minnesota Brass DCA Percussion Champions in 2003 and 2004.
April began her marching career with the Champlin Park High School marching band as a bass and snare drum player. She began marching with Minnesota Brass in 2008 and continued in 2012 and 2014. April has been a marching member of Minnesota Brass Indoor as a bass drummer in 2010 and 2012. Over the past 7 years, April has been a bass drum technician for Eden Prairie High School drumline. She has also taught at Minnesota Brass Indoor since 2013. Her accomplishments include receiving a gold medal for DCA I&E Bass ensemble 1st in 2012! April is a graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul.
Morgen Schultz has been a part of the marching arts since 2008 when she first joined River Valley Percussion Theater from Elk River, MN. In 2011, she joined Minnesota Brass Indoor as a cymbal player. She continued to march with the organization until her age out year in 2014. Along the way the ensemble received such honors as PIO silver medalist (2012) and PIW finalist (2013). She has been the cymbal tech for the group since 2015 and has also been a cymbal tech for Eden Prairie High School marching band and indoor drumline (PSW) since 2011.
Rachel Naegele began playing cymbals in the Coon Rapids High School winter drumline in 2008. She marched there for two years before joining Minnesota Brass Indoor in 2010 and completed two seasons there. She has also competed in summer drum corps with Minnesota Brass Inc. and the Colts junior corps. Rachel has taught at River Valley Percussion Theater, Shadow Indoor, and began teaching the Eden Prairie Marching Band in 2015. She is currently a student at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and is pursuing a BA in English.
Erin VanBurkleo started her percussion career with the Eagan High School winter drumline in the front ensemble in 2001. After graduating from Eagan, she performed with The Academy drum and bugle corps in the front ensemble in 2007. Starting in 2005, Erin performed with the Minnesota Brass drum corps and continued in 2006, and from 2008-2014. Erin has taught as a front ensemble instructor at Eagan High School’s winter drumline from 2004-2013; River City Rhythm 2011-2012; Eden Prairie High School winter drumline since 2013; Rosemount High School marching band since 2005 and Minnesota Brass Indoor since 2013. Erin offers private lessons for keyboard percussion and is a graduate of St. Olaf college with a B.A. in History and Classics.
Chris began his marching career at Powhatan High School in 2005. After graduating, he started to march drum corps with Carolina Gold in 2008 and Jersey Surf in 2009. Chris also marched with Minnesota Brass Indoor in 2010 and 2011. Chris graduated from the McNally Smith Smith College of Music in 2013 with a bachelors degree in music business and composition. Chris has been the Front Ensemble coordinator for South Saint Paul High School from 2009 through 2013, at Champlin Park High School since 2012, River Valley Percussion Theatre since 2014 and bas been a front ensemble technician at Minnesota Brass 2014; teaches concert percussion lessons. Judds' highest accomplishment includes being an Innovative Percussion educator.