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History Academy Events

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Time to mark your calendars…

Minnesota Brass is pleased to announce a series of online conversations about our 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.

We invite you to join us for this fun series of conversations about the colorful history of Minnesota Brass and other regional drum corps activity. We’ll kick off this series in our March online gathering. Our hosts will be Jim Tarbox with guest Kurt Schiebel. We invite you to join in, listen, and have the opportunity to chat with others about this time in our history.


March Topic: The Early Years from 1946-1970
Evolution of the corps from 1946-1970, definition of our style and how it developed.
When: Saturday, March 6th
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00/4:30 p.m.
Guest: Look for a special guest to join us from this era of our history.

April Topic: The 1970’s to the 1990’s
We will focus on an era of time where the corps experienced strong growth in membership and our performance accomplishments.
When: Saturday, April 3rd
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00/4:30 p.m.
Guest: We’ll have guests join with us to recall and share our organization’s accomplishments.

May Topic: 1990 and beyond
Our organization made great strides under new leadership.
When: Saturday, May 1st
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00/4:30 p.m.
Guest: We’ll visit with some of our past corps directors and remember all that was accomplished.

For All We Know
Stay tuned for more information!

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.

Announcing the Minnesota Brass Academy

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Minnesota Brass is pleased to announce a series of educational programs for the 2021 winter and spring seasons. We invite you to be a part of a variety of fun opportunities to socialize, learn, teach, or be entertained with us. It’s our goal to remain connected and continue to grow and learn during the 2021 winter quarantine experience.

These opportunities are sure to keep you interested and looking forward to the return of the marching arts activity. The 2021 programs will run from March-May. Here’s what we are offering:

We’re offering lessons for current and potential members who would like to increase their musical and/or performance skills. We are offering 30-minute virtual lessons at no cost to the student. Classes will be taught by talented MBI staff or alumni.
Join us to just chat, learn what’s new, and get current on what your MBI peeps have been up to. We’ll have a monthly chat group on any number of topics.
We invite you to join us for this fun series of conversations about the colorful history of Minnesota Brass and other regional drum corps activity. Our first event will be hosted by Jim Tarbox with guest Kurt Schiebel. Look for other MBI guests to join in upcoming conversations.

Stay tuned for more information!

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.

Andrew Angle

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Andrew Angle July 18, 1977 – January 31, 2021

Andrew Angle – a huge personality in the Minnesota Marching Band community and longtime Minnesota Brass Visual Caption Head passed away unexpectedly over the weekend.   He is survived by his wife Jessica, whom he met in MBI.  Andrew was known as a passionate contributor to the marching arts community both nationally and in Minnesota as a teacher, designer, judge, and clinician.  

Andrew had a huge impact on the visual program at MBI during his time with the corps.  He was a meticulously driven teacher who pushed members to perform beyond where they thought that they could.  In addition to his high school and DCI instruction, Andrew was instrumental in bringing the Minnesota Brass visual program to the upper echelon of the All-Age drum and bugle corps activity from 2008-2014.  Andrew was a large contributor for the designs of the corps in that era as well and brought a higher level of accountability to the design team. 

Andrew’s passion and commitment to excellence were well known, but he was also known for his sense of humor and gregarious personality that was very motivational for the Corps during his tenure.  Andrew had a larger than life demeanor that carried him through everywhere that he worked.  His impact at MBI and on the Minnesota Marching Arts community is immense. 

As a professional and as our friend,  we will miss Andrew .  “For All We Know,” 

Greg Guffey

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March 19, 1974 – December 9, 2020

Greg Guffey – a longtime teacher, designer and friend to Minnesota Brass, lost his brief battle with cancer peacefully this morning.  He is survived by his wife Kim and children Evan and Nora.  The memorials across Facebook speak to Greg’s contribution to the marching arts nationally and in Minnesota as a teacher, designer, judge, and clinician.  

Greg met his wife Kim while working with the Madison Scouts and moved to Minnesota in the late 1990’s to work in marketing design. He began teaching with MBI in 2001 as a marching instructor and served on the design team as Visual Caption Head from 2003-2007.  

Greg had a huge impact on our members during his time with the corps.  He was a great teacher who pushed members to perform at their highest levels.  He was a passionate motivator and leader during his time with MBI and many members speak of the huge impact that he had on them.  Greg was diligent in bringing in a professional staff to work with Minnesota Brass and the corps improved greatly during his tenure.  He was insistent that the design be at the highest level and yet, something that could be mastered by the members.  

Greg was always kind and generous with those around him.  He taught with professionalism and a giving heart.  Greg became an integral part of the MBI Family and he will be missed by all who knew him.  His impact here on the Minnesota Marching Arts is immeasurable. 

As a professional and as our friend,  Greg’s passing leaves us with a heavy heart. The words of our corps song “For All We Know,” certainly ring true today.

Remember Kim, Evan and Nora in your prayers.  Donations are being received at:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/greg-guffey-family-fund

Minnesota Brass 2020 Annual Meeting Announcement

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Although later than years past, Minnesota Brass will host our annual meeting on December 3rd, 2020.  We would like to thank all our membership for your patience as we handle the current climate of the marching arts world during this pandemic.

The meeting will be virtual this year, hosted via Zoom, and all Membership is welcome to attend. We hope many of you are able to join us with this new format!

Please see the attached meeting information.

Topic: Minnesota Brass 2020 Annual Meeting

Time: Dec 3, 2020 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Click on link below to Join Zoom Meeting, or dial in for audio only on any of the listed phone numbers.

https://datasite.zoom.us/j/93231669323

Meeting ID: 932 3166 9323

Passcode: 924154

Dial by your location

        +1 651 372 8299 US (St. Paul)

        +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)

        +1 646 518 9805 US (New York)

        888 788 0099 US Toll-free

        +44 330 088 5830 United Kingdom

        0 800 031 5717 United Kingdom Toll-free

Meeting ID: 932 3166 9323

Passcode: 924154

Find your local number: https://datasite.zoom.us/u/adlsVzbyvL