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2023 Potluck Banquet – Friday, September 8th

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We invite all Minnesota Brass alumni to join us for an end-of-season celebration! Special thanks again to Eric Molho for hosting the banquet at his party room in downtown Minneapolis 😍 RSVP so Eric knows how many people to expect.

Location:
1201 Yale Place, Minneapolis, MN
Park in guest parking. Check in at the front desk and they will direct you to the elevators.

Time: 6:30p

Please bring a dish to share according to your last name:

A-J – Side dish
K-R – Main dish
S-Z – Dessert
Staff – Drinks (non-alcoholic)

Bring a power strip if you have one and your dish needs to be plugged in.

Those 21 and over can BYOB. The dining will be informal, but you’re welcome to dress up as much as you want – it’s always fun to see how everyone looks in regular clothes instead of their rehearsal gear.

We’ll celebrate the season, recognize some outstanding members, and watch a replay of the 2023 program “Speakeasy” from Indianapolis. See you there!

RSVP Today!

Pageantry in the Plaza

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Minnesota Brass and River City Rhythm, in conjunction with Green Minneapolis, present Pageantry in the Plaza on Saturday, July 22nd at 4pm at Peavey Plaza. The free event also features a combined performance with Minnesota Orchestra trumpeter Chuck Lazarus.

Peavey Plaza, located adjacent to Orchestra Hall, opened in 1975 and is now in the National Register of Historic Places. As a public place along Nicollet Avenue, the plaza has become Downtown Minneapolis’ living room.

To reach a new audience and help fill a schedule gap between nearby drum corps shows, we contacted Green Minneapolis to host a free concert at Peavey Plaza. Bo Hoover of River City Rhythm recognized the opportunity to coordinate with the Minnesota Orchestra who is playing Stravinsky’s Firebird that night. He reached out to Chuck Lazarus from the trumpet section to put together a shared performance opportunity that you won’t want to miss!

The performance will feature:

  • Minnesota Brass and their 2023 production: Speakeasy
  • River City Rhythm and their 2023 production: Falling
  • Chuck Lazarus in a combined performance with RCR & MBI

Hopefully we’ll see you in the plaza – Saturday, July 22nd at 4pm!

Minnesota Brass presents: Speakeasy

By | Drum & Bugle Corps | One Comment

In a dark alley somewhere, there’s an unadvertised place. A secret door that music is emanating from. When the door opens, the sound comes pouring out. Inside you’ll find Minnesota Brass’s 2023 production: Speakeasy

Unlike a speakeasy from the 1920s, this one is completely legal, just a little secret. The hipster bar meets nightclub vibe is absent of flapper dresses, but full of fun & flair. Selections include:

  • Crazy In Love by Beyonce
  • Piano Man by Billy Joel
  • Closing Time by Semisonic

Come see Minnesota Brass at these events this summer:

  • Fridley Parade – June 15th
  • Alexandria Parade & Stand-Still – June 25th
  • Hinkley Parade & Stand-Still – July 8th
  • Mankato Thunder of Drums – July 11th
  • Eau Claire Drums Along the Chippewa – July 12th
  • Minneapolis Peavey Plaza Pageantry in the Plaza Stand-Still – July 22nd
  • Apple Valley March On! – August 2nd
  • St. Peter Drum Corps Expo – August 5th
  • Indianapolis DCI SoundSport Finals – August 12th

2023 Summer Corps Kickoff May 12th

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Image courtesy Gabrielle Sinatra

It’s no secret that summer is just around the corner. We are looking for talented marching members to join Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps for the 2023 season. Coming off of a strong 2022 season, we are looking forward to an even stronger 2023.

As has been our tradition for over 75 years, Minnesota Brass invites performers of all ages to join. We provide instruments. There are no secret passwords, all we need is you.

Kick-off Weekend

The season starts May 12th & 13th in Eagan, MN:

Friday, May 12th 6-10p
Saturday, May 13th 9a-4p

Silver Bell Learning Center
2120 Silver Bell Rd
Eagan, MN 55122

Summer Schedule

The schedule aims to be accessible for everyone, rehearsing every other weekend on Friday & Saturday. The returning design staff are committed to creating a positive environment, with an emphasis on fun without sacrificing quality. We’re kicking the season off with a couple back-to-back weekends to dig into music & movement early. We want to set our members up for maximum success!

The performance schedule includes 4 drum corps shows and 4 parades plus some extra performance opportunities that are in the works. Our season will culminate at the DCI SoundSport competition in Indianapolis. After which we will attend DCI World Class finals at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Sign Up Today!

We need solid numbers on people that are genuinely interested in being part of the summer drum corps. Don’t count yourself out – sign up today. By filling out our interest form we can connect to discuss any schedule conflicts or concerns you have ahead of time.

2023 Winter Recap – Thank You Donors!

By | Indoor Drumline, MBI Winterguard, Winds | One Comment

MBI Winter Guard

The season kicked off with a bang at the Premiere show when MBI performers came onto the floor veiled in yellow raincoats. They took them off to reveal a full Pennywise costume from IT. The theme was hugely popular, and the guard produced a “Who is IT?” post to showcase performers who you wouldn’t otherwise recognize in their costumes & makeup. MBI Winter Guard finished 19th in Independent Open at Dayton, Ohio.

Guard Donors

  • Margaret Mattson
  • Kathy & Jeff Lovgren
  • Eric Lovgren
  • Ultimate Sports Bar
  • Tiffany Bornetun
  • Many more anonymous donors

MBI Indoor Percussion

Celebrating its 15th year in 2023, MBI Indoor Percussion competed both locally and nationally. The season culminated with MBI being a WGI Semi-Finalist in Dayton, OH and placing 17th in Percussion Independent World (PIW) competition – MBI’s highest placement in a decade. The 2023 production was titled “Fade to Black” and featured the ensemble fading in and out of both visual and musical textures ending as the members literally fading away and disappearing into the all-black set pieces. “Hang my head, drown my fear, til they all just disappear.” This lyrics were heard in the last moments of the show as MBI played “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden.

Percussion Donors

  • Hiawatha Academy
  • Rob Magnuson
  • Joe and Dani Jaeger
  • Larry and Rosanne Tollefson
  • Lynette Fitzsimonds and Jenny Kilgin
  • Kurt “Flash” Schiebel and Andrea Ferguson
  • Bradley kovacovich
  • Griswold Family
  • Naomi Harju
  • Mark Schmid and Sandy Dennis
  • Thomas Peterson
  • Melisa Riel
  • Kim and Scott Myrdahl
  • Ed and Kristiina Terhaar
  • Inga Borggreve
  • Anan Kohn
  • Barry and Heather Tait
  • Troy Jilot
  • Carol Kindya
  • Amy and Rob Takkunen
  • Jennifer Hanna-Tatur and James Hanna
  • Leonard and Judith Heimerl
  • Many more anonymous donors

MBI Winds

“Hello!” was the perfect introduction for the debut of our new WGI Winds ensemble. 20 talented horn players came together to create a vibrant program that entertained audiences. The initial season definitely opened new doors for the growing WGI Winds class, especially at home in Minnesota. MBI Winds finished in 4th place in Independent Open in Dayton, Ohio.

Winds Donors

  • Beth & Paul Gundersen
  • Mary & Don Carlsen
  • Kristina Sorteberg
  • Asher, Trevor, and Tiffany Kraabel
  • Dave & Katie Alfveby
  • Barry Hess
  • Many more anonymous donors

Thank you

Thanks again to all who donated to our winter ensembles. Minnesota Brass is committed to providing a quality performance experience to our members while trying to reduce costs as much as possible. We couldn’t do it without you!