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Help MBI take the next step!

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Three Leadership positions are available for the 2019 Season.  The paid positions of Executive Director, Operations Director and Membership Director are open for the 2019 Season.  The potential job descriptions and application information are detailed here. Applications are due at the latest by October 5th, 2018.  A search committee comprising board members, lead staff and alumni will make recommendations to the board regarding the filling of these positions.  This is your opportunity to help chart the future of MBI.

MBI will also host a Town Hall meeting on Sept. 26, 2018, for those interested in more information. At the meeting, results of a recent stakeholder-engagement project will be shared. In addition, there will be an opportunity for alumni and volunteers to learn about the critical need for their active participation in the organization for its successful return to the field. The Town Hall meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the offices of Olsen-Thielen & Co., 2675 Long Lake Road, Roseville, Minn., 55113.

 

2019 MBI Winter Percussion Auditions

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Minnesota Brass Indoor Percussion is beginning our 12th Season on October 27th at Totino Grace High School (1350 Gardena Ave NE, Fridley, MN 55432).   We will hold two audition dates on October 27th and November 11th to determine this year’s ensemble.  Coming off of a WGI Percussion Independent World Semi-Finals appearance in 2018,  we are excited about the potential for the program this year.  There are some exciting plans in the works! For more information about staff, schedule, dues and audition materials check out the Indoor Drumline page.

Minnesota Brass Announces Plan to Return to Field Competition in 2019; Town Hall Meeting Set for Sept. 26

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At its August 2018 meeting, the board of directors of Minnesota Brass (MBI) voted to pursue an all-age drum and bugle corps to compete during the 2019 summer season.

After many months of refocusing and listening to stakeholders, the board determined there is sufficient interest to pursue a competitive drum corps in 2019. The organization is committed to returning a combination of performance excellence, a manageable schedule and reasonable dues to the upper Midwest. MBI will offer great design, excellent teaching, more alumni outreach, transparent communication and improved logistics to its 2019 membership.

The creative and educational program will be led by long-time Minnesota Brass program coordinator Joel Matuzak.  Additional details will be coming regarding staff, structure, the competitive arena and schedule.

The organization will host a Town Hall meeting on Sept. 26, 2018, for all those interested in the future of Minnesota Brass. At the meeting, results of a recent stakeholder-engagement project will be shared. In addition, there will be an opportunity for alumni and volunteers to learn about the critical need for their active participation in the organization for its successful return to the field. The Town Hall meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the offices of Olsen-Thielen & Co., 2675 Long Lake Road, Roseville, Minn., 55113.

Essential to the success of the 2019 summer program is for all people who are passionate about the organization to be a part of it. MBI has needs in the areas of management, recruiting, teaching, performing and fund-raising.

To that end, MBI is also immediately announcing the launch of a search process to fill the following leadership positions (with stipends): Executive Director, Operations Director and Membership Director. A search committee comprising board members, lead staff and alumni will make recommendations to the board regarding the filling of these positions. Applications are due October 5, 2018. Detailed job descriptions are now available online.

The current executive team of Gavin Burnham (President/CEO), Todd Tanji (Executive Director), Dave Whitaker (Chief Financial Officer) and Eric Molho (Board Chair) plan to transition responsibilities for the day-to-day management of the organization to the new administrative team as it is formed. All of these leaders are committed to the success of Minnesota Brass and will serve as mentors and resources to the new administrative team as it develops a new vision for Minnesota Brass.

The opportunity now exists to bring this amazing organization back to the field in 2019. But it will not be accomplished by a small group. Everyone who cares about MBI and its future can take part in a great 2019 season. THIS WON’T WORK WITHOUT YOU!

March On! to Farmington July 31

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The 2018 edition of March On! is just around the corner. Join us Tuesday, July 31 at Farmington High School (20655 Flagstaff Ave, Farmington, Minn.) for the very best of DCI Open Class drum corps competition. Perennial World Champion contenders the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets will be joined by a full slate of great corps including four Minnesota ensembles! Help cheer on River City Rhythm, the Govenaires and Chops as they take the field joined by our own MBI Soundsport.
7:00 Welcome & National Anthem
7:10 Chops – Minneapolis, MN
7:26 Govenaires – St. Peter, MN
7:42 MBI Soundspor – St. Paul, MN
8:12 Colt Cadets – Dubuque, IA
8:28 River City Rhythm – Anoka, MN
8:44 Gold – Oceanside, CA
9:00 Louisiana Stars – Lafayette, LA
9:16 Vanguard Cadets – Santa Clara, CA
9:42 Scores Announced
VIP/Center Section $17 in advance ($20 day-of)
General Admission $12 in advance ($15 day-of)
Family pack of four general admission $36 (ONLY available online)

Minnesota Brass Seeks Stakeholder Engagement Consultant

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Minnesota Brass seeks a consultant or consultants to assist in gathering input from stakeholders and experts regarding the future of our performing ensembles.  The consultant will be required to complete the following tasks outlined in the request for proposal.

  1. Conduct focus groups
  2. Write and administer two online surveys
  3. Conduct individual interviews
  4. Write a summary report based on the data gathered in tasks 1-3

Work will be conducted in June-August, 2018.

We are committed to listening to and learning from key stakeholders including alumni, staff and music educators.  To assure consistent, unbiased data-gathering, the consultant will be responsible for gathering feedback and summarizing input.  The full RFP is available online and proposals are due June 8, 2018.