Greetings from Rochester, New York! Yesterday at 6 p.m., Minnesota Brass departed the North Star State and headed East. After a lengthy overnight journey through Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and a smidgen of Pennsylvania, the corps entered New York and headed North past Buffalo to visit Niagra Falls. While we have come to Rochester many times in the past, the vast majority of members have little opportunity to see anything other than their hotel, practice area and performance site. This year, a visit to the Falls allowed corps members to see something new and amazing. We learned, for instance, that the water of the Falls comes from four of the great lakes before tumbling over the edge which means that some of the water we saw had also been on a lengthy journey from Minnesota! Check out some fun pictures from our visit by following #mbi15 on Twitter.
After a few hours visit, we headed South to Rochester and our home-away-from-home, the Doubletree Hotel on Jefferson Road. Corps members had a chance to relax a bit and take a shower (a particularly great experience after 22 hours on the bus!) before preparing for this evening’s parking lot rehearsal. This annual tradition is as much about shaking off the lethargy of the bus as it is about performing. Members had a blast in the hotel parking lot and then got to relax for the rest of the evening.
Friday the corps will rehearse nearly all day, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Badgerow Park North in Rochester (guests are welcome). In the evening, our President and CEO, Gavin Burnham will be inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame. The evening concludes with Minne-Brass performing at 10:15 in downtown Rochester at the Mini Corps Competition.