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.
Join Minnesota Brass on Sunday, April 8, as we present the winter finale featuring MBI Indoor Percussion and MBI Winter Guard as they present their 2018 programs prior to heading to Dayton, Ohio, for WGI championships.
Both the winter drumline and color guard are on incredible trajectories, poised to make an impact at WGI Finals. These are performances you simply need to experience. And if you haven’t seen them recently, you’ll be taken aback. Every performance unveils something new.
For a $5 donation, you will witness the best winter ensembles in Minnesota. Your donation helps pay facility fees and support Minnesota Brass ensembles. Kids under 10 are admitted free.
Location: Brooklyn Center High School (main gym)
Date: Sunday, April 8
Time: 2-3 p.m.
Admission: $5 (kids under 10 free)
As Drum Corps International moves into the final weekend of its 45th anniversary, Minnesota Brass salutes and congratulates past members who are participating in this year’s World Championships. You all are champions to us.
Past (and we hope future) members of MBI performing with DCI corps this year include:
- Jon Karels, Kyle Tsuchiya and Zach Fitzgibbon (Bluecoats)
- Will Selby and Jack Johnson (Pacific Crest)
- Joanna Stubbins, Ben Linser, Tristan McGlaughlin and Steven Clark (Oregon Crusaders)
- Zach Steffen (Madison Scouts)
- Carter Schunk (Colts)
- Jordan Widas and Savannah Kearns (Phantom Regiment)
- Phil Snyder and Jake Esterberg (both staff, Colt Cadets)
- Sierra Pattin, Colin Gilmore, Eric Dunnigan and staff members: Tiffany Kostuch, Brian Schutta, Bryan Jaeckel, Kirsten Bergstrom, Matthew Gullickson, Matt Haar, Andrew Dussl, Bryan Borg, Jim Jacobson, Lisa Rodenkirchen, Lauren Hipsag, Evan Pufpaff, Reggie Salas, Alex Cary, Jordayn Spike, Josh Sayler, Patrick Lyons, Chris Richman, Tanner Bergersen, Cole Hanton, Mike Olsen, Eric Elker, Ryan Schmidt, Jesse Talbot, Taylor Eliason (River City Rhythm)
- RJ Bailey and staff members Rebecca Compton-Allen, Thomas Burton Reimer (Shadow)
- Scott Palmer (staff, Blue Stars)
- Mack Steinberg, Nick Soden, and staff member Scott Palmer (Blue Devils).
Best wishes for your continued success, and we hope to see you on the field again soon!
MBI Winter Guard capped its 2017 competition season with sterling second-place finish at the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio, on April 7. It was the second time a unit from Minnesota has won a medal at the national event.
“When we think about the performances of MBI Winter Guard [in Dayton], the word that comes to mind is ‘pride’,” said Jonathan Su, a guard technician for the unit; “pride in the dedication of the members and staff to create an environment of learning and growth, pride in the incredible product put on the floor by the design team, and pride in carrying on Minnesota Brass’ rich legacy of excellence.
“We’ve always emphasized with the members that placement and winning are never the goal, and that improving every day and focusing on making sure every performance was stronger than the last—never regressing—was the definition of success.
“In this regard, we blew success out of the water,” he said.
Under the direction of Wil Furnstahl and Emily Merriman, MBI Winter Guard placed second in Division IA, the second group in the winter guard activity of Minnesota to ever medal at the championships. The guard’s show was titled, “The Bee,” and featured the unit in yellow and black costumes depicting a spelling bee while performing to a soundtrack featuring Eclectica’s “Flight of the Bumblebee/Adagio”.
Describing the collective weekend performances in Dayton, Su said, “After a tentative prelims, the group rose to the challenge and gave the performance of the season in semis, only to top it once more in finals. While this alone is enough to define success, being acknowledged externally is also rewarding.”
He added, “While hardware may rust and fade, the memories and lessons learned from the 2017 winter season of MBI will live on in the hearts of its staff, its members, and the countless amounts of spectators it inspired.”
Join us this Sunday, April 2nd for our winter finale featuring MBI Indoor Percussion and MBI Winter Guard.
Our winter drumline and winter guard are both on incredible trajectories, poised to make an impact at WGI Finals. If you haven’t seen them yet, you need to. If you haven’t seen them recently, you’ll be taken aback. Every performance uncovers something new.
We’ll also introduce the 2017 summer hornline & drumline with our spring preview of the music from our program: Pins & Needles. You’ll hear Hall of the Mountain King, Trent Reznor’s Hurt, Medea, and Death Hunt from On Dangerous Ground all cleverly mixed with that Minnesota Brass sound.
For a $5 donation, you can see the best winter guard and winter drumline in the state of Minnesota, and get a preview of our 2017 summer program music. Your donation helps pay for our facility fees and keeps Minnesota Brass going strong through it’s 71st season and for future generations. Kids under 10 are free.
Location: Brooklyn Center High School (main gym)
Date: Sunday, April 2
Cost: $5 (kids under 10 free)