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Play bingo and help Minnesota Brass

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10490068_10152285402412115_5153882032641422108_oHave a blast playing bingo, and help support Minnesota Brass!

In partnership with our charitable gaming site, Joe Senser’s Sports Theater in Roseville, Minnesota Brass is excited to announce our first Coach Purse Bingo night. This fun event provides a unique twist on the classic game — bingo with Coach purses as prizes. That’s right: Individual winners of each game win an authentic Coach purse.

The action starts at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at Senser’s (2350 Cleveland Ave. N., Roseville) and continues the first Tuesday of every month after. 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.)

All proceeds benefit Minnesota Brass.

We hope you can join us!

Katy Bensen named managing director for Minnesota Brass

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Katy Bensen

Katy Bensen

Minnesota Brass is pleased to announce that Katy Bensen has been appointed to the new position of managing director for Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps, Indoor Winter Drumline and Winter Guard.

This new leadership position grew out of the organization’s reflections on how to best serve its many members while effectively managing multiple world-class organizations. In her new capacity, Katy will support each ensemble’s commitment to providing an unparalleled membership experience.

“We’re delighted Katy will be joining the admin team,” said Eric Molho, executive director of Minnesota Brass.  “She is a strong leader and great teacher.”

Katy joined the Minnesota Brass family in 1989, playing the French horn bugle for her first of two years marching with the corps.  She also performed with Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps in 1990 and 1991.  Two years ago Katy returned to Minnesota Brass as a member of the visual staff. She also served as membership coordinator in 2014.

This fall Katy began her teaching career as a band director at White Bear Lake Central Middle School and as a kindergarten music instructor at Otter Lake Elementary School, both part of White Bear Lake Area School District. Her career also includes many years in restaurant and event management.

Joe Asleson named director of Minnesota Brass Indoor Drumline

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Joe Asleson

Joe Asleson

Minnesota Brass is pleased to announce that Joe Asleson is the new director of Minnesota Brass Indoor Drumline. As a long-time Minnesota Brass Indoor staff member, Joe will continue to bring his passion and experience to our world-class organization.

In 2014, Joe was voted Instructor of the Year by the Minnesota Percussion Association. He serves as the percussion caption head and battery arranger for the Eden Prairie High School Marching Band, as well as battery arranger and visual designer for the Eden Prairie Indoor Drumline. For the 2012 and 2013 seasons, he served as snare technician as well as battery visual instructor and choreographer for the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps of Dubuque, Iowa. He has instructed and designed at various high schools in Minnesota and offers private lessons to several students in the Twin Cities area.

Joe just wrapped up another season as a snare section leader with Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps, where he first performed in 2005. He also was section leader for the 2010 season, when the corps earned high percussion honors. In 2008, he performed with the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps, serving as snare section leader for his age-out season. He performed with Minnesota Brass Indoor in its inaugural season in 2008 and with Music City Mystique (bronze medalist) in 2009.

Minnesota Brass mourns the passing of legendary Frank Lozar

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Frank Lozar

Frank Lozar

Frank “The Beard” Lozar, the heart and soul of Minnesota Brass, passed away in the early hours of September 7. He was 85.

Frank was a legend in Minnesota drum corps history, performing with all incarnations of Minnesota Brass. His last year on the field with the corps was 2002, when he was 73.

“We are deeply saddened by Frank’s passing,” said Eric Molho, executive director of Minnesota Brass. “Frank was an outstanding performer who gave tirelessly of himself to Minnesota Brass for decades.  Our entire organization will miss him.”

Born on July 5, 1929, the soprano player marched in competition nearly every year from 1947, when he first played with American Legion Post 248’s drum and bugle corps in Ely, Minn., until 2005, when he played with the Zuhrah Shrine corps. The only exceptions were two years when he served in the American Medical Corps.

He moved from Ely to perform with Minnesota Brass and Hamm’s Indians.  He served as the director of Minnesota Brass from 1963 to 1969. Since 1980, he had performed with both Minnesota Brass and Zuhrah Shrine.  He served on the boards of both organizations and was a fundraising coordinator for several midwestern drum and bugle corps at various times.

In 1969, Frank was awarded Minnesota Brass’ highest honor, the Brassy, a lifetime achievement award.  He also was part of a group that was the first to initiate female members into the drum corps activity.  At 70, he was recognized as the oldest competitor on the field at the championship tournaments of both Drum Corps Midwest (DCM) and Drum Corps Associates (DCA) in 1998.  Named as an associate member of the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame in 2001, he received the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award and full Hall of Fame status in 2005.

Entertaining the passengers of long bus trips, Frank and the Gummers (so-called because no one else knew the words as well as Frank, so they just mouthed and hummed along) were a noted ensemble within the corps long before iPods and boom boxes were a staple. Legend has it that in 1970 he sang for 36 hours straight on a trip to Portland, Ore., without repeating a song.

Frank assumed all roles and was a major financial contributor who helped perpetuate the organization. Without his efforts — along with so many others — Minnesota Brass would have never attained the level of success that it experiences today.

Kurt Schiebel, a longtime member of Minnesota Brass who performed with Frank, reflected on the passing of a great mentor.

“We always hear about drum corps moms, the glue that holds the activity together,” Kurt said. “Frank was a drum corps dad, offering support and strength to the youth in the line. He contributed not only financially to the corps, but offered assistance to young members, whether it was outright dues support, or that meal on the road for those of us in need.”

Kurt added, “It is hard to believe there is a supporter out there who contributed more to perpetuate this organization. It is harder still to think of the activity with out him.”

For All We Know.


Members’ diary: 2014 season ends with a ‘Supernova’ (8/31)

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BwZ8IxhCYAAveevMinnesota Brass’ tradition of excellence continued as it performed “Supernova” for the final time this season. The corps finished in second place Sunday night at the DCA World Championships in Rochester, N.Y., marking its sixth top-2 finish in the past seven years. Members and staff embraced the excitement of the competition while also expressing their bittersweet feelings over the last gathering of this iteration of Minnesota Brass — a mood captured so perfectly by the corps song, “For All We Know.” Here’s what they tweeted throughout the day and night of DCA finals: