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Members’ diary: Final hometown run

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Minnesota Brass performs at the District 11 Preview. (Photo: Megan Harms)

Minnesota Brass performs at the District 11 Preview. Photo by student Megan Harms, who tweeted: “just saw @MinnesotaBrass play for the first time. their sound is siiick!!!!”

The final hometown rehearsals and performance for Minnesota Brass’ 2014 season are in the history books. The corps started the weekend with a Friday night rehearsal at Chaska High School and then moved to the National Sports Center in Blaine for camp days Saturday and Sunday, taking a break Saturday night to perform “Supernova” for hundreds of band students nearby at the District 11 Preview. This week, the corps heads out to Rochester, N.Y. for the DCA World Championships. More scheduling details will be posted soon. But first, here’s a look at what our members were saying about their incredible experiences over the past few days:



Minnesota Brass this week: Final hometown rehearsals

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Time is running out to catch Minnesota Brass in action on our home turf. As the competitive season draws to a close, the corps will be working hard to prepare for the DCA World Championships in Rochester, N.Y., over Labor Day weekend. Alumni, friends and family are invited to visit the corps during these upcoming events, all of which are open to guests.

Wednesday evening, Aug. 20

Color guard at twilight, Eagan. (Photo: Dave Pratt)

Color guard at twilight, Eagan. (Photo: Dave Pratt)

Regular Wednesday evening rehearsal from 6-10 p.m. at the old Lockheed Martin site (3333 Pilot Knob Rd., Eagan). (Sectionals run from 6-8:30 p.m.; full corps from 8:30-10 p.m.)

Friday evening, Aug. 22

Chaska High School stadium

Chaska High School stadium

The full corps will rehearse at Chaska High School (545 Pioneer Trail, Chaska) from 6-10 p.m. (Sectionals run from 6-8:30 p.m.; full corps in the stadium from 8:30-10 p.m.)

Saturday, Aug. 23


National Sports Center, Blaine

The full corps will rehearse at the National Sports Center (1700 105th Ave NE, Blaine) from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The exact field location is to be determined, but just follow the sound of the horns and percussion.

Blaine High School

Blaine High School

On Saturday night, the corps will perform in uniformed exhibition for the District 11 Preview Show, 7-9 p.m. at Blaine High School (12555 University Ave NE, Blaine). Minnesota Brass is scheduled to perform at 8:30 p.m. Come support the District 11 marching bands as they begin their season and cheer on Minnesota Brass as our season concludes. The corps’ souvenir booth also will be there, so be sure to stock up on our latest merchandise. Tickets are $5, and all proceeds support the bands.

Sunday, Aug. 24

Minnesota Brass performs "Supernova."

Minnesota Brass performs “Supernova.”

The full corps will be back at the National Sports Center (exact field location to be determined) from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (sectionals from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; full corps rehearsal from 2-5 p.m.). This rehearsal will feature our last performance of “Supernova” — a non-uniform run-through — in Minnesota. You don’t want to miss it.

Members’ diary: Minnesota Brass wows home-state crowds

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Minnesota Brass performs Aug. 15 at the Sounds of Minnesota show in Mendota Heights, Minn.

Minnesota Brass performs Aug. 15 at the Sounds of Minnesota show in Mendota Heights, Minn.

As weekends go for Minnesota Brass, it doesn’t get much better than performing in two important competitions so close to home. That’s how the drum and bugle corps spent the past few days, and the results for its “Supernova” program were out of this world. Not only were the Minnesota crowds blown away by this year’s space-themed show, but so were the judges. Minnesota Brass now sits firmly placed among the upper echelon of competitors as the corps rounds the corner to the DCA championships in Rochester, N.Y., over Labor Day weekend.

That doesn’t mean Minnesota Brass members weren’t also having fun as they worked to hone their show. Check out what they had to say on Twitter during down time for Friday’s rehearsal and show in the Twin Cities and Saturday’s rehearsal in Jordan and show in St. Peter — everyone from new members like color guard performer Erika Kooda, a Spirit of Atlanta alumnus and college student in Chicago who joined Minnesota Brass just a month ago, to seasoned veterans like drum major Nancy Terry, who’s been with the corps for nine years.




Here’s to more great shows and good times in the coming weeks.

Minnesota Brass’ ‘Supernova’ hits Twin Cities, St. Peter this weekend

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10409548_10152543965327425_6986699940205348359_n2Minnesota Brass brings its innovative “Supernova” production to the Twin Cities and St. Peter this weekend. The Minnesota shows are the corps’ last two competitions before it heads to the DCA championships in Rochester, N.Y., over Labor Day weekend.

First up is Minnesota Brass’ home show, Sounds of Minnesota, which takes place 7 p.m. Friday at St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights. Fellow competitors include the Govenaires of St. Peter and the Kilties of Racine, Wis., with exhibitions by Chops Inc., Brio Brass and Minne Brass. As always, Minnesota Brass’ rehearsal — 1-5 p.m. Friday at St. Thomas Academy (949 Mendota Heights Rd., Mendota Heights) — will be open to the public.

On Saturday, Minnesota Brass heads to St. Peter for the Govies’ home show, Drum Corps Expo. The same corps will be competing, with Chops Inc. and other groups in exhibition, starting at 7 p.m. at St. Peter High School. Minnesota Brass will spend the day rehearsing about a half hour away at Jordan High School (600 Sunset Dr., Jordan), with a morning block from 9-11:45 and an afternoon block from 12:45-3:30.


Minnesota Brass salutes alumni at DCI finals

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Nick Soden performs with the Blue Knights. (Credit: Billy Soden)

Nick Soden (right) performs with the Blue Knights. (Credit: Billy Soden)

As the 2014 Drum Corps International World Championships get underway, Minnesota Brass would like to recognize our alumni who perform in the corps competing this week in Indianapolis. They include:

Alex Cary – Troopers
Matthew Coke – Colts
Bryan DeHerder – Madison Scouts
Ryan Denny – Colts
Keegan Greene – Madison Scouts
Cole Hanton – Colts
Dani Lovitz– Blue Stars
Joseph Mauer – Blue Stars
Aaron Martin – Colts
Shawn Muench – Phantom Regiment
Nick Soden – Blue Knights

Also a special shout-out to Emily Kahlow, whose season with the Colts ended recently due to a broken foot.

These young men and women have applied what they learned in Minnesota Brass and other marching ensembles and taken it to another stage. The best part is that when they age out of DCI, they can still perform with Minnesota Brass.

We wish them the best of luck in Indianapolis.