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History Academy – Upcoming Event Link

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Minnesota Brass is pleased to announce a continuation of our series of online conversations about our colorful history as a premier drum and bugle corps in the Midwest.   We are inviting you to be a part of this fun opportunity to learn and reminisce about our history as we grew from a small local organization into a Midwest powerhouse drum and bugle corps.  

You are invited to another fun online conversation to be held on April 3rd.  This second event will feature the 1980’s and 1990’s.  Our host again will be Jim Tarbox with guest Kurt Schiebel.    

We invite you to join in to listen and have the opportunity to chat with others!  

April Topic 1980’s to 1990’s
When Saturday, April 3rd  
Time 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where Online – Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/91823220706
Guests Paul Chaffee, former corps director and others to be announced.  

For All We Know

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Rick Stephenson

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Rick Stephenson  07/23/1944-03/19/2021

In a drum corps career touching six decades, Rick marched and instructed drum corps from the late 1950’s to the early 2000’s. He started in his hometown of Austin, MN with the Austin Lancers and the Spamtown Lancers in the 1950’s. While attending the University of Minnesota, he marched with the St. Paul Scouts from 1964-1966. After a tour of duty in the Navy in Vietnam and then work in Texas, Rick returned to Minnesota. He began marching with MBI in the early 1970’s, playing to the end of the 1990’s. During that time he played soprano, mellophone, and finally baritone. He was a well-respected player by those who played alongside him.

Rick’s contributions to MBI went far beyond performing: he was Corps Director in 1977, and a visual instructor and Show Coordinator in the early 1980’s. Rick’s teaching contributions extended beyond MBI, writing and teaching visual to the St. Croix Rivermen in their most successful period (1979-80), and also the Zuhrah Shrine Drum Corps into the early 2000’s.

A spirited, very well-liked individual with a quick wit, Rick was one of several who helped to usher in the transformation MBI experienced in the mid-1980’s, which set in motion a 30 year period of success for MBI on and off the field. 

For All We Know

Tribute written by MBI Alum Henry Wadsworth

Minnesota Brass Education Academy

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The MBI Educational Academy will begin this April!  

The Educational Academy is a community and marching arts outreach initiative from Minnesota Brass designed to foster involvement in music, benefit music teachers, and provide free lessons for students of all ages.  Through the Educational Academy, MBI is offering a limited number of lessons and educational experiences for potential future members and alumni of Minnesota Brass.  These lessons will be held virtually over the course of the next couple of months.  Whether you spin, dance or play, we’ve got you covered!  The lessons will be given by MBI staff members, alumni, and other talented lesson teachers. We will connect students with a teacher for one-on-one or small group virtual instruction.  Each lesson will be thirty minutes and there will be no cost to the students.   

The MBI Educational Academy is under the direction of Educational and Creative Director Joel Matuzak, who will also arrange the percussion lessons.  MBI Director of Color Guards Wil Furnstahl will coordinate the visual instruction. Joining the MBI family and leading the wind instrument caption is celebrated Minnesota band director Amy Powers.  Bios of all three coordinators may be found here. The teaching staff will be formalized in the coming weeks, but if you’re an educator interested in providing paid lessons, please contact Joel directly at joelmatuzak@me.com. 

MBI is extremely proud of this opportunity to give back to the Minnesota Music community.  If you are interested in this experience, please carefully complete this form so that all interested participants are included in the MBI 2021 Educational Academy.   

We look forward to seeing you soon!

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

History Academy Event Link Special Guests Announced

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March Topic: The Early Years from 1946-1970
Evolution of the corps from 1946-1970, definition of our style and how it developed.
When:    Saturday, March 6th
Where:   https://zoom.us/j/99495375896
Time:      3:00 p.m. – 4:00/4:30 p.m.
Guests:  Jeff and Zora Burnham and Roger Grupp

Join us for this fun series of conversations about the colorful history of Minnesota Brass and other regional drum corps activity. Our co-hosts will be Jim Tarbox and Kurt Schiebel.

See you Saturday!

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Andrew Angle

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Andrew Angle July 18, 1977 – January 31, 2021

Andrew Angle – a huge personality in the Minnesota Marching Band community and longtime Minnesota Brass Visual Caption Head passed away unexpectedly over the weekend.   He is survived by his wife Jessica, whom he met in MBI.  Andrew was known as a passionate contributor to the marching arts community both nationally and in Minnesota as a teacher, designer, judge, and clinician.  

Andrew had a huge impact on the visual program at MBI during his time with the corps.  He was a meticulously driven teacher who pushed members to perform beyond where they thought that they could.  In addition to his high school and DCI instruction, Andrew was instrumental in bringing the Minnesota Brass visual program to the upper echelon of the All-Age drum and bugle corps activity from 2008-2014.  Andrew was a large contributor for the designs of the corps in that era as well and brought a higher level of accountability to the design team. 

Andrew’s passion and commitment to excellence were well known, but he was also known for his sense of humor and gregarious personality that was very motivational for the Corps during his tenure.  Andrew had a larger than life demeanor that carried him through everywhere that he worked.  His impact at MBI and on the Minnesota Marching Arts community is immense. 

As a professional and as our friend,  we will miss Andrew .  “For All We Know,”