Minnesota Brass celebrated the 2022 summer season on Saturday, October 22nd. As we embark into a new chapter of Minnesota Brass, some new traditions will take root, and we’ve got our sights on bringing some old ones back.
Traditions to be realized
One thing that we didn’t do for 2022 was award the Brassy – Minnesota Brass’s lifetime achievement award. Nor did we give out the Caliguiri Award or the Lou Raitch Spirit of MBI Award. This is because those awards require input from previous winners. But we intend to reorganize and reconnect with past recipients to make sure these traditions live on.
Rather than the classic Mermaid bowling lounge location, we held a potluck at Eric Molho’s condominium clubhouse. The atmosphere and appointments were fantastic – as seen by the skyline photograph taken from the patio that night.
Rookie of the Year: Ryan Grahek
Most improved: Megan Nelson
Member of the Year: Katie Hoflock
Special shout-out to Katie who got permission from her church, Family of God, for us to rehearse at occasionally. It was the location of our friends & family DCI send-off.
Rookie of the Year: Shannon Curtis
Most Improved: Kyla Thorson
Member(s) of the Year: Jess & Andrew Fedje
I joked that we should have given the member of the year award to long-time volunteer Linda Belcher (Jess’s mom). Instead of volunteering in 2022, she took up babysitting duty so both Jess & Andrew could march.
Rookie of the Year: Vivian Hillstrom
Most Improved: Miranda Lemons
Member of the Year: Sam Kalliveg
There was no doubt that Bridger Herman earned this award. He drove the truck & equipment trailer to just about every rehearsal – in addition to performing in our
front back side-corner ensemble. He’s worked tirelessly on the board to make sure our transportation needs are handled with safety and compliance in mind.
Congratulations to these award winners and everyone that was a part of the 2022 corps!