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Annual Town Hall Meeting

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The Minnesota Brass Board of Directors has set the Annual Meeting for 7:00 PM on Wednesday, November 3rd at Olsen Thielen (2675 Long Lake Road, Roseville, MN 55113). The Annual Meeting is open to all who wish to attend.

Upon the conclusion of the meeting, please join the board for an optional cocktail hour at Grumpy’s (2801 Snelling Ave, Roseville, MN 55113).
 

DCA World Champions · 10 Year Anniversary Celebration Event

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This year marks the 10th anniversary of Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps’ DCA World Championship victory. In celebration of bringing home the gold, please join us for a very special reunion with food, drinks, friends, and a viewing of MBI’s 2011 championship-winning production Valhalla.

All alumni members of any year and families are welcome to attend. Please RSVP here.

(Minnesota Brass Alumni Page) or message Gretchen Mae Church via Facebook.

DATE: Wednesday, August 25th
TIME: 6:00PM – 9:00PM
LOCATION: Sunnyside Pavillion 10145 E Bush Lake Rd, Bloomington, MN 55438

 

History Academy Event Details

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Event Link and Special Guests Announced
Minnesota Brass is pleased to announce a continuation of our series of online conversations about our colorful history as a premier drum and bugle corps in the Midwest. We are inviting you to be a part of this fun opportunity to learn and reminisce about our history as we grew from a small local organization into a Midwest powerhouse drum and bugle corps. 

You are invited to another fun online conversation to be held this Saturday, May 1st. This third event will be broken into two sections. The first half will be the growth years from the late 1990’s to 2007 and the second half will be the medalist years from 2008 and beyond. Our host again will be Jim Tarbox with guest Kurt Schiebel. 

We invite you to join in to listen and have the opportunity to chat with others! 

May Topic  Late 1990’s and beyond
When  Saturday, May 1st
Time  3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where  Online – Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/96713376786?pwd=RUgvNUlyRlVhd2Z6d2Y5anY1aWlJQT09
Guests  Gavin Burnham, Eric Molho and Joel Matuzak

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

History Academy – Upcoming Event Link

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Minnesota Brass is pleased to announce a continuation of our series of online conversations about our colorful history as a premier drum and bugle corps in the Midwest.   We are inviting you to be a part of this fun opportunity to learn and reminisce about our history as we grew from a small local organization into a Midwest powerhouse drum and bugle corps.  

You are invited to another fun online conversation to be held on April 3rd.  This second event will feature the 1980’s and 1990’s.  Our host again will be Jim Tarbox with guest Kurt Schiebel.    

We invite you to join in to listen and have the opportunity to chat with others!  

April Topic 1980’s to 1990’s
When Saturday, April 3rd  
Time 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where Online – Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/91823220706
Guests Paul Chaffee, former corps director and others to be announced.  

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Rick Stephenson

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Rick Stephenson  07/23/1944-03/19/2021

In a drum corps career touching six decades, Rick marched and instructed drum corps from the late 1950’s to the early 2000’s. He started in his hometown of Austin, MN with the Austin Lancers and the Spamtown Lancers in the 1950’s. While attending the University of Minnesota, he marched with the St. Paul Scouts from 1964-1966. After a tour of duty in the Navy in Vietnam and then work in Texas, Rick returned to Minnesota. He began marching with MBI in the early 1970’s, playing to the end of the 1990’s. During that time he played soprano, mellophone, and finally baritone. He was a well-respected player by those who played alongside him.

Rick’s contributions to MBI went far beyond performing: he was Corps Director in 1977, and a visual instructor and Show Coordinator in the early 1980’s. Rick’s teaching contributions extended beyond MBI, writing and teaching visual to the St. Croix Rivermen in their most successful period (1979-80), and also the Zuhrah Shrine Drum Corps into the early 2000’s.

A spirited, very well-liked individual with a quick wit, Rick was one of several who helped to usher in the transformation MBI experienced in the mid-1980’s, which set in motion a 30 year period of success for MBI on and off the field. 

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Tribute written by MBI Alum Henry Wadsworth