Some 200 spaghetti dinners and a day in the sunshine kicked off the 2015 season as Minnesota Brass hosted its annual Friends and Family day at Brooklyn Center High School on a sunny and hot July 14 Sunday afternoon. Read More
After 30 years with Minnesota Brass, Gavin Burnham finally got what’s been coming to him: Induction into the Drum Corps Hall of Fame.
Burnham, who currently serves as the corps’ president and corporate chief executive officer, joins an impressive list of HOF members with Minnesota Brass ties: Roger Grupp, Scotty Wild and Joel Matuzak, all currently involved with the corps; the late Frank Lozar, who died last summer, and Chris Thompson, who once wrote percussion arrangements for MBI.
“In all my years in drum corps, I can’t think of one other corps director with as much dedication, know-how and leadership skills as Gavin,” said Wild, whose own drum corps history reaches back to the 1950s. “Now add to that time on the job. Wow! Raise your glasses to Mr. Burnham!”
Gavin first marched with Minnesota Brass as a lead soprano player and soloist in 1985. Just three years later he moved into administration and served until 1994 as the corps’ head financial officer. He acted as corps director from 1995 to 2001, and has since served as MBI’s executive director and president. Among his other achievements is receiving the highly coveted Brassy award, MBI lifetime-achievement award, in 1989. During his years of service, Minnesota Brass won the Drum Corps Associates (DCA) Open Class world championship in 2011, has placed among the top three corps during the past seven years, placed in the top six for the past 17 years, and has participated in DCA championship contests for 26 years.
Grupp recalled that Gavin, as finance officer in the 1980s, was instrumental in helping MBI overcome a large and crippling debt, allowing the corps to strengthen its creative and administrative staff.
“I have framed and displayed in my office a note from Gavin from 20-plus years ago that reads, ‘This is in payment for money you gave the corps – and $10 for cab fare.’ It was for money we donated to the corps to help save it,” Grupp recalled.
“I never thought I’d get that money back. When I did, I knew corps was in good hands.”
MBI is now financially stable and enjoys strong partnerships with various associations and leaders of other corps, Grupp said.
After some time off to celebrate the Wild’s playoff run, Coach Purse Bingo returns in June. Join the fun Tuesday, June 2 for another edition of Coach Purse Bingo. Bring your friends and support Minnesota Brass as you play to win authentic Coach Purse prizes.
The action starts at 6:30 p.m. at Joe Senser’s (2350 Cleveland Ave. N., Roseville). There will be 10 games. Cards cost $20 for the first set of six cards and $4 for an additional set of three cards. (Must be 18 or older to play.)
It’s always a fun night and who knows? You could be a lucky winner. Regardless of the outcome, you’ll be supporting Minnesota Brass and enjoying a fun night with friends. See you on the 2nd!
Help kick off the 2015 season and join Minnesota Brass for an evening of bowling and frivolity—for some, the bowling will be the frivolity—on Friday, May 8, at Mounds View’s Mermaid Entertainment and Event Center.
The bowling is $20—but the shoes are free!
There will also be appetizer specials available (a share of those proceeds go to MBI, too), as well as a wide selection of items donated for a silent auction, including Minnesota Twins tickets, a resort-getaway package, premium tickets to DCI Minnesota in July, boating packages and gift baskets, among others. And we’re still accepting items for the silent auction; for more info on how to contribute something, contact Sam Springer, firstname.lastname@example.org
All proceeds will go to the Minnesota Brass general fund.