What positions are available?

All positions in our ensemble are open for auditions
Hornline: Trumpet, Mellophone, Baritone, Euphonium and Tuba

Drumline: Snare, Quad, Bass Drum, Cymbal, Marimba, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Glockenspiel, Drum Set, tympani and other varied percussion

Color Guard: Weapon, Flag, Movement and Dance

Drum Major

What do I need to bring to the first rehearsal?

All: comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely and will allow you to perform at the best of your ability, tennis shoes, $25 audition fee, energy, and a positive attitude
Hornline: mouthpiece, any provided music, pencils, and a stand if you have one
Drumline: sticks, mallets, drum pads if you have them
Color Guard: equipment and gloves if you have them

What if I can’t make the first rehearsal?

Let us know! We’re real people (and pretty friendly.) We’d still love to talk to you about membership and if the summer commitment works for your schedule and desires.

Do I need to provide my own instrument or equipment?

No; instruments and equipment are provided by the corps.

What should I do to prepare for rehearsal?

Display confidence by rehearsing a wide range of basic technique exercises through a variety of tempos while using a metronome. Don’t forget that movement is an important aspect of what we do, not just in the color guard. Cardio and strength training exercises will be helpful to start early on so that your body is ready for a season of drum corps. 

Can I be a high school student?

Yes. If you have a high school marching program, the Director and your parent/guardian must approve your choice to march with Minnesota Brass. Many high school members in the past have participated in their high school’s parade band, fall marching band or winter color guard or drumline along with being a member of Minnesota Brass.

Can I be a college student?

Yes. Education is highly important and valued at Minnesota Brass. Each year we welcome many students as members!

Am I too old to march? Am I too young to march?

No. As an all-age corps, our membership ranges in ages 16 to sometimes over 60. The majority of our corps’ performers are in their 20’s. While we do not have a minimum age, we do require that parents must be actively involved with the corps for any members under the age of 18. Additionally, there is no upper age limit to participate in Minnesota Brass.

Can I be a member of Minnesota Brass while having a job?

Yes. As an all-age drum corps, many of our members hold a full-time or part-time job; some members hold a job and attend school. Check out our calendar to see our time commitment.

I don’t live in Minnesota.  Can I still join?

Each season we have a handful of members who participate in the corps from out of town.  Our expectations of out of town members usually involve consistent attendance for all camps and weekend rehearsals as well as individual practice time to make up for Wednesday night rehearsals.  We’re happy to speak with you about how this might work for your unique circumstances.

How much does it cost to be a member?

More information about dues and fees can be found here.

What if I have more questions?

We look forward to chatting with you; please contact us with your question