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Minnesota Brass, Inc. Inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame

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Minnesota Brass, Inc. is honored to announce it has been inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame. This esteemed award recognizes MBI’s 75 years of excellence across multiple ensembles and an undeniable contribution to Minnesota’s music scene. MBI’s legacy now joins local legends such as Prince, Judy Garland, and John Denver at the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame museum located in New Ulm, Minnesota.

Minnesota Brass, Inc. History and Highlights Reel shared at 2021 MMHF Induction Ceremony on April 22nd, 2022.

The induction ceremony took place on April 22nd, 2022 and the award was accepted by MBI representatives Kurt Schiebel and Roger Grupp.

To learn more about the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, visit their website at mnmusichalloffame.org.

Becky Rucker Pritchard

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We are deeply saddened by the loss of Becky Rucker Pritchard, who passed away January 6, 2022, due to complications from Covid-19, multiple sclerosis, and a minor stroke.

Becky joined MBI in July of 1986 for the DCM Championships in Dekalb, IL, and was a marching member through 1992. She played French horn and mellophone, was a mellophone soloist, was part of the legendary and infamous lady-mid Gabline, and served as drum major her last year with Ron Haselius and Lori Maxwell. She was the 1987 Hornline Rookie of the Year and served on the Board of Directors. She was an integral part of recruiting University of Minnesota Marching Band members to join MBI. She was a founding member of the Classic Brass Inc. quintet, which was made up of MBI members and alumni.

Becky completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota and graduate work at Boston University. She spent several summers at Tanglewood located in Lenox, MA, first as a student, and then returning as a teacher and coach in the B.U.T.I. brass quintet seminar. Along with her husband, Joe, Becky established Pritchard Music-Kentlands in 2009. She was the Director of Music Education, overseeing 250 students while keeping an active teaching schedule herself. Becky coached several chamber ensembles, including the Powerhouse Brass, an award-winning brass quintet that performs at national festivals and competitions.

Becky was a strong advocate for funding music and arts in the schools. She and Joe worked with the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation and members of Congress on the wording of the ESEA bill that was signed into law in December 2015. This bill makes music and arts a core requirement for all students to receive a well-rounded education. Becky served on the board of directors for the Gaithersburg Arts and Monuments Funding Corporation (GAMFC), The Patriot Brass, and was on the board of the Montgomery Philharmonic Orchestra.

Becky loved what she did. She loved teaching music and LOVED coaching the Pritchard Music ensembles. She leaves her husband Joe, her stepdaughter Olivia, and J.W. and d’Artagnan, the family dogs.

The family is hoping to host a celebration of life this summer in Maryland when they can safely gather as many of her students, friends, and family to honor a true lover of music. In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Multiple Sclerosis Society (nationalmssociety.com), The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation (mhopus.org), and/or The ziMS Foundation (zimsfoundation.org).

For All We Know.

Jordan Jergensen

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We are deeply saddened by the loss of Jordan Jergenson, a longtime member, instructor, and friend of Minnesota Brass, Inc., who passed away unexpectedly in October.

Throughout the years, Jordan made a huge impact on the Minnesota marching arts community, in particular, his efforts to revive and cultivate a vibrant cymbal community and culture. As an instructor, Jordan was known as a passionate, motivating, and caring teacher who pushed his students to be the very best they could be, both on and off the field.

Jordan was well known for his electric personality and show-stopping performance skills, but most of all he was known for being a kind and caring friend to all. His contributions and impact on MBI and the entire Minnesota marching arts community is truly immeasurable.

We are all going to miss Jordan and will carry on his legacy. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

For All We Know.

Annual Town Hall Meeting

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The Minnesota Brass Board of Directors has set the Annual Meeting for 7:00 PM on Wednesday, November 3rd at Olsen Thielen (2675 Long Lake Road, Roseville, MN 55113). The Annual Meeting is open to all who wish to attend.

Upon the conclusion of the meeting, please join the board for an optional cocktail hour at Grumpy’s (2801 Snelling Ave, Roseville, MN 55113).
 

DCA World Champions · 10 Year Anniversary Celebration Event

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This year marks the 10th anniversary of Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps’ DCA World Championship victory. In celebration of bringing home the gold, please join us for a very special reunion with food, drinks, friends, and a viewing of MBI’s 2011 championship-winning production Valhalla.

All alumni members of any year and families are welcome to attend. Please RSVP here.

(Minnesota Brass Alumni Page) or message Gretchen Mae Church via Facebook.

DATE: Wednesday, August 25th
TIME: 6:00PM – 9:00PM
LOCATION: Sunnyside Pavillion 10145 E Bush Lake Rd, Bloomington, MN 55438