Minnesota Brass, the Midwest’s premiere all-age drum and bugle corps, will adopt a weekend-based rehearsal schedule for 2018. The change will expand the geographical reach of the organization by allowing members and staff to commute from regions more distant from the Twin Cities area, including outstate Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri and Illinois.
The tentative 2018 schedule is available online and will be posted on the corps’ calendar shortly.
The season begins with brass and percussion auditions on Sunday, Feb. 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Brooklyn Center High School, 6500 Humboldt Avenue North, Brooklyn Center, Minn. Winter and spring months will feature Saturday/Sunday camps with the annual Spring Preview performance on Sunday, April 8. Friday-evening full-corps sectionals begin May 18, replacing the long-standing Wednesday evening commitment.
After Memorial Day weekend, the corps will get busy preparing for performances in Alexandria (Vikingland Band Festival; June 24), Mankato (Thunder of Drums; July 2), Fourth of July parades, Minneapolis (DCI Minnesota; July 7) and Rochester (River City Rhapsody; July 8) followed by a well-deserved midseason break.
We begin learning design changes on July 20; perform at Farmington, Minn. (March On!; July 31), and head into the DCA competitive season with shows in Le Sueur (Aug. 4), St. Peter (Drum Corps Expo; Aug. 18), South St. Paul (Sounds of Minnesota; Aug. 25) and, of course, the Drum Corps Associates World Championships, which will be presented this year in Williamsport, Pa., over Labor Day weekend (Aug. 31-Sept. 2).
Join us for this exciting and fun-filled season. More information on membership can be found at www.mnbrass.org/join.
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