Minnesota Brass Inc. (MBI) has recently reaffirmed its commitment to a safe environment for all members and staff. MBI has since established a Conduct Review Committee (CRC) to review any and all allegations of inappropriate behavior. The CRC has an Open Door policy and is the watchdog for violations of MBI policy, The CRC has already begun review and investigations of various allegations of inappropriate behavior. In addition, the CRC has prepared an update that specifically addresses issues involved with reporting, whether anonymous or named, and now offers a new, confidential online reporting form. Because submitting a report can often be difficult, the CRC wants to reassure those contemplating making a report that they have a voice and a safe haven for reporting violations of MBI policy. Please feel free to review the CRC update and see the confidential online reporting form here.
Minnesota Brass, Minnesota’s premiere all-age marching-arts group and former world champion drum and bugle corps, will perform at festivities leading up to Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis.
“We’re excited to provide entertainment for the biggest event to hit Minnesota in years,” said Todd Tanji, executive director of the group. “This will be great exposure for us and the state, and we’re thrilled to support the performing arts in Minnesota.”
Minnesota Brass ensembles will perform at a pair of pre-game events, including the arrival of the Vince Lombardi Trophy, which is presented to the Super Bowl champions. The trophy will be on display during the week leading up to the big game at the Super Bowl Experience Driven by Genesis to be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center (1301 Second Ave. S.) Jan. 27-Feb. 3. The corps’ brass ensemble will perform the “Lombardi Super Bowl Theme” for the trophy’s arrival about 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 27 as well as other sets to entertain the audience.
MBI will also participate in the Vitamin D: A Pep Rally for Spring event between 4 and 6 p.m. on Feb. 3, the night before the Super Bowl. The rally is part of the three-day Illuminate South Loop celebration at Bloomington’s Central Park (8100 33rd Ave. S.) in Bloomington’s South Loop District Feb.1–3. This event, a unique addition to the lineup of activities leading up to Super Bowl LII, will showcase a variety of interactive art installations and performances designed and produced by Minnesota and international artists.
Just weeks after completing the 2015 drum corps season, all eyes have shifted to 2016 and our winter ensembles. This year, Minnesota Brass is excited to launch a new ensemble and create our first ever Super Audition Camp for all MBI winter ensembles! Whether you’re interested in the Minnesota Brass Indoor Drumline, MBI Winter Guard or our new winds ensemble, you’ll want to be at Brooklyn Center High School on Sunday, September 27. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. with auditions slated to begin promptly at 9. Lunch is provided as part of the $25 audition fee and members will be done promptly at 4. Submit your member interest form today.
Minnesota Brass Winds enters its inaugural season as a WGI Independent World Class unit. The ensemble is open to all ages and will feature brass and woodwinds players. The winds ensemble will perform in the North Star Circuit and Minnesota Percussion Association events culminating in a trip to the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio, April 16-17.
MBI Winter Guard competes as a WGI Independent A class unit representing Minnesota Brass at the St. Louis WGI Regional and the WGI World Championships, April 7-9. MBI Winter Guard will also perform throughout Minnesota at North Star Circuit shows. Potential members must be 21 or younger to participate in the MBI Winter Guard.
Minnesota Brass Indoor Drumline competes as a WGI Independent World class drumline. Highly skilled percussionists under the age of 22 are eligible to audition. The drumline will compete in Minnesota Percussion Association events and the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio, April 14-16.
Current high school students interested in any Minnesota Brass winter ensemble will be required to have the permission of their music teacher/band director. If your school has a winter program for your primary instrument, you should be performing with your school’s unit and not auditioning for Minnesota Brass. Don’t worry . . . we’ll be around in years to come so we hope to see you at a later time.
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