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Minnesota Brass 2020 Annual Meeting Announcement

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Although later than years past, Minnesota Brass will host our annual meeting on December 3rd, 2020.  We would like to thank all our membership for your patience as we handle the current climate of the marching arts world during this pandemic.

The meeting will be virtual this year, hosted via Zoom, and all Membership is welcome to attend. We hope many of you are able to join us with this new format!

Please see the attached meeting information.

Topic: Minnesota Brass 2020 Annual Meeting

Time: Dec 3, 2020 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Click on link below to Join Zoom Meeting, or dial in for audio only on any of the listed phone numbers.


Meeting ID: 932 3166 9323

Passcode: 924154

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        +1 651 372 8299 US (St. Paul)

        +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)

        +1 646 518 9805 US (New York)

        888 788 0099 US Toll-free

        +44 330 088 5830 United Kingdom

        0 800 031 5717 United Kingdom Toll-free

Meeting ID: 932 3166 9323

Passcode: 924154

Find your local number: https://datasite.zoom.us/u/adlsVzbyvL

MBI Board of Directors Candidate Announcement

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At its recent meeting, Minnesota Brass’ Board of Directors nominated four candidates; Becci O’Kane, Chris Judd, Emily Ruetz, and Kaitlyn Barrett to become new members to the board. 

As outlined in the bylaws of the organization, the boards’ nominations need to be ratified by a vote of the full membership.

Here is the timeline and process to be followed:

October 28 – The candidates will attend the board meeting and be available to any members interested in interacting with them.

November 1-8 – The ratification process will be conducted online, with details posted on the website and organization’s Facebook page. The online form will be open from 6:00am CST November 1st – 11:59pm CST November 8th for members to cast their vote.

Click below to vote!


Here is a little bit about each candidate

Becci O’Kane

 Becci O’Kane has been involved with the Minnesota Brass since the early 2000’s. She was a part of the colorguard for 15 consecutive years, where she was captain from 2010 – 2017 . She was a part of the MBI Wintergaurd staff & on staff for MN Brass SoundSport. While her educational background is in Accounting, Finance, and Project & Business Management, being involved in the Arts is her passion. Becci is also involved in another arts non-profit called the Haunted Basement. She also is the Director of a high colorguard program. In her free time she loves to sleep and curl up on the couch with her dogs.

Chris Judd

Originally from San Antonio TX Chris Judd made his way to Minnesota to further his education by receiving a degree in Music Business and Composition from McNally Smith College of Music. Chris has been involved with drum corps and indoor percussion ensembles for over 15 + years. He is an alumni of Minnesota Brass Indoor and Jersey Surf. He spends his time educating and consulting music ensembles throughout the state of Minnesota such as River Valley Percussion Theater and Eastview High School. Chris spends his days in Sales working with Albrecht Sign, writing music and traveling. He drives to bring motivation, passion and innovative elements that contribute to the building blocks of music and performance.

Emily Ruetz

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. Emily is the Programs Associate for the National States Geographic Information Council. She looks forward to learning more about and getting involved with the Board.

Kaitlyn Barrett

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.

Congratulations Class of 2020

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Minnesota Brass extends congratulations to the graduating class of 2020 and all of our members celebrating, past and present. To celebrate the achievements of those moving on to new adventures, Alumni Andy Classen and Roger Grupp put together this rendition of Pomp and Circumstance (with a little drum corps flair at the end) Please enjoy! 

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!

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!