Board of Directors
Emily Ruetz, Chair
Emily has been involved with Minnesota Brass since 2014. She performed with the summer drum corps, SoundSport group, and the winter drumline from 2014-2016, and 2018-2019. She has taught the front ensemble at Irondale HS and MBI Indoor, and she also helps drive the percussion trailer for MBI. Emily is the Programs Specialist for the National States Geographic Information Council. This is her second year on the Board.
Dave Whitaker, Treasurer
Dave first joined MBI in 1990 in the Baritone section, sharing a spot with Cindy Bach for his first season. Since then, he has been a performing member for 6 scattered years, a member of the visual staff, and has performed other administrative and technical roles. Dave has served on the board, as member and chair, for 15+ years, and has been part of the executive team for the past 10+ years. As his time available to devote to MBI diminishes with his growing family and personal commitments, he looks forward to returning to the board to share his experience, and to ensure a secure future for the organization.
Gwynne Byrne, Recording Secretary
Gwynne first joined Minnesota Brass in 1974 as a member of the color guard. As she no longer has the
agility and abilities required by the guard, she moved to working with the support staff. Gwynne met her husband, Pat (who joined MBI in 1972 but was in the army when she started) in 1976. Their family has been a part of the corps since then.
As she am no longer able to march, she works on uniforms when asked and other support projects as
they come along.
In 1990, Gwynne was asked to be the corps secretary and accepted. In recent years, this role was ended so she moved to perform the role of recording secretary for the Board of Directors.
Kaitlyn Barrett began her career in the marching arts after joining the Osseo High School marching band in 2007. She competed with Osseo in both the summer marching band and winter color guard programs from 2007-2012. After graduating she performed with the Govenaires Drum and Bugle Corps from 2012-2014, as well as Eclipse Winter Guard in 2013. She has taught various places including Synergy Winter guard and Champlin Park High School. She became a member of the Minnesota Brass family after earning a spot In the MBI Winter Guard 2014 cast. She marched four seasons culminating as a captain of the 2017 MBIWG team as they became WGI Independent A Silver Medalists. She also marched 2015-2017 with the summer Drum Corps. She is currently the color guard director at Minnetonka high school. Minnetonka was awarded the AA class title of Best Color Guard in 2019. Kaitlyn is also a full time student triple majoring in Vocal Performance, Theatre, and Business Management. She brings with her a passion for excellence, a dedication to membership, and a heart for all things MBI.
Cindy’s involvement with MBI spans five decades beginning with her first year as a baritone player in 1975 and including 2019 as a parade corps mellophone. Her musical involvement has had her performing on baritone, mellophone, trumpet, as well as a brief stint in the color guard.
She has served in many roles for MBI such as horn line manager, drum line manager, membership recruiting, volunteer recruiter, volunteer, MBI Board member 2006-2008, and assistant mellophone section leader in 2016. Cindy unofficially retired from performing in 2016, but she returned to the corps of 2018.
Cindy is a licensed interior designer/project manager and has designed healthcare clinics and hospitals, retail establishments, and corporate environments. She brings a skillset of new business development, a wide variety of network contacts throughout the design industry, and a desire to see the corps thrive in a performing arts environment that is rapidly changing.
Cindy is a quiet, yet powerful champion for MBI.
Joanna first joined Minnesota Brass in 2014, filling a mellophone hole after her first summer performing with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. After her second and final summer with the Colts in 2015, she returned to the summer corps to fill a backfield drum major hole. Later that same year, Joanna joined Minnesota Brass Indoor on cymbals and went on to march 3 more seasons until her ageout in 2018. She also marched a full season with the summer corps in 2016 on mellophone before her DCI ageout with Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps as an assistant drum major.
In her non-band-related life, Joanna works in advertising as a copywriter using her creative wit and humor to write TV commercials, radio spots, print advertisements, social media posts, and just about anything else you can think of. She attributes her ingenuity and talent as a creative person to her time spent in the marching arts. Joanna is eager to bring her passion and inventiveness to the MBI Board in hopes of giving back to the organization that has given her so much.
Paul Terry is the director of bands at Brooklyn Middle STEAM School, where he directs three Concert Bands, The Bulldog Jazz Band, and teaches Introduction to Band. Paul also instructs the Park Center Senior High Pirate Marching Band, and Grove Area Percussion (GAP) where he serves as visual instructor.
Paul began his drum corps career in 2005 in the DCA circuit with Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps. In his time with the corps he helped lead them to three high-brass titles and a DCA world championship in 2011. In 2014 and ’15, Paul was also a low-brass technician for the Colts of Dubuque, Iowa. Paul spent 2019 as the Visual Caption Head of the Seattle Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps, where he helped lead the corps back to a semi-finals performance.
In his time off Paul loves playing golf with his daughter Shea, and taking their Greyhound Vicki, for (short and fast) walks. Paul is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, with a degree in music education, and holds a master’s degree in music education from Boston University.