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Introducing MBI 2020 Corps Director – Sam Springer

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Minnesota Brass is proud to announce the hiring of Sam Springer as the Corps Director for the summer Drum and Bugle Corps.

“Sam, being an alumni of MBI, understands the history and potential of our organization. She also brings a wealth of experience in the marching arts activity and will be a great asset in creating the best membership experience possible. We are lucky to have her!” – Katy Matuzak, MBI Executive Director

The first rehearsal will be held after the WGI winter season has concluded at 6:30 P.M. on April 22, at Inver Hills Community College. MBI has openings for Brass, Percussion and Colorguard members for the 2020 season.

“Drum Corps For All” means: all-age, all-experience levels and an emphasis on work, school, financial, and family balance.

Visit https://mnbrass.org/join/ for more information. See you Wednesday, April 22!

Opening Day 2020!

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Following a 2nd place finish at the DCI SoundSport Championships in 2019, Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps is gearing up to kick off our 74th competitive season in 2020. The first rehearsal will be held after the WGI winter seasons have ended at 6:30 P.M. on April 22, at Inver Hills Community College. MBI has openings for Brass, Percussion and Colorguard members for the 2020 season. The corps will be performing at DCI shows, DCA shows and other local performance venues during the summer months. The season will end at the DCI Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana on August 8th. Drum Corps For All means: all-age, all-experience levels and an emphasis on work. school, financial, and family balance. Visit https://mnbrass.org/join/ for more information. See you on Wednesday, April 22!

MBI in the Windy City

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Both MBI Winter Percussion and Winter Guard are spending some time in Chicago this February. MBI Percussion performed at the WGI regional last weekend where they placed second in the Percussion Independent World class. The Guard will be competing in WGI Independent Open class this weekend. Good luck MBI Colorguard and keep it going MBI Percussion!

MBI Indoor Percussion Announces 2020 Design Team

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MBI Indoor Percussion is thrilled to announce a revamped design team for our 2020 Winter season. Returning to lead the team will be Joel Matuzak as Creative Coordinator/Arranger, and Mike Ferry as Ensemble Coordinator. Joining them for 2020 will be Matt Hahn for Front Ensemble Arranging, Tyler Shipe for Visual Design, Joe Jaeger and Chris Judd for Musical design assistance. See bios on the Indoor Percussion page.

MBI Winter percussion begins our 2020 season this Sunday. October 27th at Totino Grace High School in Fridley. Click Join for more information.

Minnesota Brass, Inver Hills Community College embark on partnership

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Minnesota Brass Inc. (MBI) and Inver Hills Community College of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., have embarked on discussions aimed at a music-education partnership that would further their respective missions.

“We are thrilled about the potential of a long-term relationship with Inver Hills Community College,” said Katy Matuzak, Minnesota Brass executive director. “MBI has a strong connection to education, and the ability to partner with such a fine educational institution is a natural fit. It has been wonderful to have this partnership. We are excited for the future and eager to see what lies ahead for both organizations.”

Inver Hills has made both rehearsal and performance space available to the St. Paul-based musical-education organization over the past year. Discussion points include expanded and joint performance opportunities and increased community involvement.

“I and other here interested in putting ‘community’ back into community college,” said music professor and head of the Inver Hills music department Andrew Martin. “To me it’s a natural fit. We have available space, (Minnesota Brass) needs space to be loud in – especially during the wintertime. “So far,” he added, “the partnership seems to be fitting what we wanted it to be: bringing in a community organization, bringing energy onto the campus, and bringing something to this area of the southeast metro that it didn’t have before. When groups are here there’s action, and that’s important for onlookers to see the importance of community-arts organizations.”

Barbara Curchack, Dean of Liberal Arts at Inver Hills, said, “We are excited by the partnership we are developing with Minnesota Brass. It is fortunate that our gym, classrooms and outdoor spaces meet Minnesota Brass’ needs, so this is a win-win for Inver Hills as well. “With two Minnesota Brass performances on our campus, I’ve heard nothing but positivity from the music faculty. “Further, we thank Minnesota Brass, as they have carried our banner in the State Fair parade and mentored one of our Music AFA interns this summer. We look forward to the opportunity to continue to develop our partnership in this academic year and beyond.”