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Greg Guffey

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March 19, 1974 – December 9, 2020

Greg Guffey – a longtime teacher, designer and friend to Minnesota Brass, lost his brief battle with cancer peacefully this morning.  He is survived by his wife Kim and children Evan and Nora.  The memorials across Facebook speak to Greg’s contribution to the marching arts nationally and in Minnesota as a teacher, designer, judge, and clinician.  

Greg met his wife Kim while working with the Madison Scouts and moved to Minnesota in the late 1990’s to work in marketing design. He began teaching with MBI in 2001 as a marching instructor and served on the design team as Visual Caption Head from 2003-2007.  

Greg had a huge impact on our members during his time with the corps.  He was a great teacher who pushed members to perform at their highest levels.  He was a passionate motivator and leader during his time with MBI and many members speak of the huge impact that he had on them.  Greg was diligent in bringing in a professional staff to work with Minnesota Brass and the corps improved greatly during his tenure.  He was insistent that the design be at the highest level and yet, something that could be mastered by the members.  

Greg was always kind and generous with those around him.  He taught with professionalism and a giving heart.  Greg became an integral part of the MBI Family and he will be missed by all who knew him.  His impact here on the Minnesota Marching Arts is immeasurable. 

As a professional and as our friend,  Greg’s passing leaves us with a heavy heart. The words of our corps song “For All We Know,” certainly ring true today.

Remember Kim, Evan and Nora in your prayers.  Donations are being received at:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/greg-guffey-family-fund

MBI Summer rehearsals on hold.

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Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic and cancelling of the DCI summer schedule, summer rehearsals for Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps are on hold. The hope is that there remains an option for a limited performance opportunity later in the summer. The winter ensembles and summer 2021 drum and bugle corps are still on schedule as planned. Please stay tuned for future announcements and dates. MBI hopes that you and your family are safe in these trying times.

Introducing MBI 2020 Corps Director – Sam Springer

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Minnesota Brass is proud to announce the hiring of Sam Springer as the Corps Director for the summer Drum and Bugle Corps.

“Sam, being an alumni of MBI, understands the history and potential of our organization. She also brings a wealth of experience in the marching arts activity and will be a great asset in creating the best membership experience possible. We are lucky to have her!” – Katy Matuzak, MBI Executive Director

The first rehearsal will be held after the WGI winter season has concluded at 6:30 P.M. on April 22, at Inver Hills Community College. MBI has openings for Brass, Percussion and Colorguard members for the 2020 season.

“Drum Corps For All” means: all-age, all-experience levels and an emphasis on work, school, financial, and family balance.

Visit https://mnbrass.org/join/ for more information. See you Wednesday, April 22!

MBI in the Windy City

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Both MBI Winter Percussion and Winter Guard are spending some time in Chicago this February. MBI Percussion performed at the WGI regional last weekend where they placed second in the Percussion Independent World class. The Guard will be competing in WGI Independent Open class this weekend. Good luck MBI Colorguard and keep it going MBI Percussion!

MBI Indoor Percussion presents their 2020 show, “These Precious Scars”

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MBI Indoor Percussion is proud to present their 2020 Program “These Precious Scars.” Everyone faces adversity in their life. That adversity can lead to deep and lasting scars. It is through persevering and overcoming these scars that true strength can be found. The scars become the strongest and most valuable part of a person. They show the triumph over adversity. The music from this year’s show is taken from Fluerie and Alessia Cara.

MBI Indoor Percussion begins its 13th season at Eagan High School this Saturday. MBI Indoor is under the direction of Katy Matuzak with assistance by Jake Esterberg. The creative staff is Joel Matuzak, Matt Hahn, Tyler Shipe, Natalie Sterner, Joe Jeager, and Chris Judd. Cover design by Wil Furnstahl.