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MBI Winds Holiday Clinic December 28th

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MBI Winds welcomes all interested hornline players to a free clinic from 3-4pm at the Champlain Park High School gymnasium. Come experience first hand how indoor winds is different from outdoor marching band. MBI Winds is an all-age and all-instrument ensemble, all are welcome!

What to bring

  • Your horn: flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto/tenor/bari sax, trumpet, F horn/mellophone, trombone/baritone/euphonium, tuba
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes to move in
  • Water bottle

What to expect

30 minutes of moving and 30 minutes of playing. We’ll supply the required music & stands. At the end we’ll play a warm-up piece together before dismissing.

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Let us know you’re coming and what instrument you play so we can prepare the appropriate materials:

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Wednesday, December 28th 3-4PM @
Champlin Park High School (Enter on the south side of the school, off of Oxbow Creek Dr, directly into the gymnasium)
6025 109th Ave N,
Champlin, MN 55316

2023 Winds Show Announcement

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The first edition of MBI Winds aims to make a great introduction, a stellar first impression, and turn a chance encounter into a lasting relationship. The 2023 edition of MBI Winds presents: Hello!

Hello is an appropriate introduction of this new ensemble to the world… but it’s more. Think about chance encounters you’ve had that may have changed the trajectory of your life. A greeting is just the beginning…

Musical selections include songs by these popular artists to tell our story:

  • Remi Wolf
  • Lionel Richie
  • Twenty One Pilots

World Hello Day 👋

As it turns out, Monday, November 21st is World Hello Day. It started with an idea in 1973 as an effort to avoid conflict and preserve peace through personal communication. The goal is simple: say “hello” to 10 or more people on that day. As we reconnect coming out of a global pandemic, this lesson seems as appropriate today as it did almost 50 years ago.

We encourage you to say “hello” on Monday, November 21st, and then again to our members and staff when you see MBI Winds at show near you.

Performance Opportunities

There’s still a few openings at MBI Winds in the following sections: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Baritone, and Tuba.

Minnesota Brass was founded on an idea of all-age pageantry and that holds true with Independent Winds. But winds offers the opportunity for all instruments – even if it’s been a while since you’ve played, most accomplished high school and college musicians will find that the muscle memory of these instruments is still there, we’ll help you dust it off!

If you are interested you can get information here: https://mnbrass.org/winds/join/ or contact justin@mnbrass.org.

Performances

It’s sure to be a great time as we compete both locally and nationally:

  • Eden Prairie – February 4
  • Rogers – February 11
  • Foley (clinic & show) – March 3 & 4
  • Brandon Valley, SD (clinic & show) – March 10 & 11
  • Buffalo (WGI Regional) – March 18
  • Burnsville (MPA Prelims) – March 25
  • Farmington (MPA FInals) – April 1
  • Dayton, OH (WGI Finals) – April 22-23

Presenting: MBI Winds 2023

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All Instruments, All-age, All Inclusive

For over 75 years Minnesota Brass has been the home for brass players to continue their marching careers after marching band and junior corps. WGI Winds presents an opportunity for brass and woodwind players to perform in an indoor environment during the winter.

As is part of the Minnesota Brass tradition, MBI Winds is an independent group and is open to all ages.

Staff

Staff for this new ensemble includes:

  • Justin Foell
  • Amanda Mastrian
  • Eric Molho
  • Tyler Shipe
  • Randy Salas
  • Ward Miller

Our instructional staff is coming in with a growth mindset. MBI Winds is a piece of a bigger puzzle to make winds a thing in Minnesota. We’ll be joining River Valley Sound and Maverick Machine Winds in Minnesota Percussion Association competitions. And this is just the beginning…

Join us to experience WGI

After MPA finals we’ll travel to Dayton, Ohio to compete on the national stage. Member dues will include travel to Dayton, hotel stay, and tickets to WGI world class percussion finals.

The season kicks off on Saturday, November 5th, 9am at Westwood Intermediate School in Blaine. People of all levels of previous marching experience are welcome to attend. Register today and you’ll receive more information about MBI Winds. We look forward to this new tradition at Minnesota Brass.

Conduct Review Committee Updates MBI Stakeholders

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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.

Audition Weekend Kicks off MBI ’16

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Minnesota kicked off its 2016 competition season with a successful multi-ensemble audition weekend Sept. 27 that attracted more than 100 applicants for the organization’s four ensembles: the summer Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps and the winter Minnesota Brass Indoor Percussion and MBI Winter Guard. MBI is also celebrating its 70th anniversary year with an inaugural “winds” ensemble.

An enthusiastic group of both veteran performers and newcomers attended the daylong event at Brooklyn Center High School in suburban Minneapolis. Read More