Executive Director: Katy will serve as Executive Director of the summer program and will continue as director of MBI Indoor Percussion in 2019. She has served on the MBI visual staff since 2013 and has been the corps’ managing director since 2014, also providing member support for the corps’ winter ensembles. She currently teaches music in the White Bear Lake School District in suburban St. Paul, and teaches private lessons, summer band and high-school marching band. She lives in Vadnais Heights, Minn.
Operations Director: Austin began his percussion career with Groove Inc. from Sioux Falls, SD where he was a member from 2007-2012. Austin used his experience from Groove Inc. and Lincoln High School to march Drum Corp International with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011,13, and 14. After high school, Austin moved to Minneapolis and became a member of Minnesota Brass Indoor for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, as well as the summer corps in 2015. Austin recently graduated from the University of Minnesota where he studied Recreation Administration. He continues his passion for percussion by teaching the Eden Prairie marching band along with drumming for the Vikings Skol line.
Creative Director and Percussion Arranger: Joel has been the program coordinator for Minnesota Brass since 2002 and percussion caption head since 1998. Under his leadership, the corps has won the DCA Open Class Championship (2011) and been a silver medalist five times, as well as winning four DCA percussion titles. He is the design coordinator for the Minnesota Brass Indoor Drumline and has been the head instructor of the Sköl Line, a drumline for the Minnesota Vikings NFL franchise, since 2008. He is highly regarded as an arranger, drill writer, clinician, and adjudicator. He is an alumni of the Madison Scouts drum and bugle corps, member of both the Minnesota Percussion Association and Minnesota Brass hall of fame, and a 2012 inductee of the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame. He has been the director of instrumental music at Highland Park Senior High School in St. Paul since 1997.
Visual Coordinator and Marketing Director: Wil has led Minnesota Brass’ color guard for several years, including the 2011 DCA championship season, when his unit won top honors. He also is the director of MBI Winter Guard, which he has built into a consistent WGI Independent Open Class finalist. He has led several winter guard champions in the North Star Color Guard Circuit, including Park Center High School, Eclipse and Elk River. He has performed with St. Cloud All-City Marching Band, the Royal Guard of the Twin Cities, Heritage Winter Guard of Madison, Wis., and Minnesota Brass. He has been teaching color guard since 1997 and is an adjudicator with the Tri-State Judges Association.
Dr. Ward Miller
Brass Arranger and Consultant: Ward Miller hails from Loachapoka, a small farming community near the city of Auburn, Alabama. He earned his bachelors of music education from Auburn University in 2001, where he served as webmaster, arranger, and an undergraduate teaching assistant with the Auburn University Marching Band. He graduated from Arizona State University in 2003 with a masters in Trombone Performance. While in the Phoenix area, he served as a part-time assistant and clinician with the Paradise Valley High School bands, the Mesa Community College Wind Ensemble, and the Phoenix Symphony Guild Youth Orchestra. He taught public school in Alabama for three years, serving as Director of Bands at Andalusia High School and at Pleasant Grove High School. In 2006 he accepted a graduate teaching assistantship at The University of Iowa, where he studied with Dr. Myron Welch in Band Conducting. While at Iowa, he also worked as a teaching assistant with the Hawkeye Marching Band, where he wrote, taught, and conducted multiple arrangements and halftime drills. He also conducted the Iowa University Concert Band, and earned the 2008 outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant award for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Dr. Miller graduated in 2011 from the University of Iowa with his D.M.A. in Band Conducting. Since 2014, Dr. Miller has been the Brass Caption Head for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps of La Crosse, WI. He currently resides in Minneapolis, MN where he spends his time arranging and composing, and working as a music education consultant.
Frontline and Sound Arranger: Originally from all over, 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 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.
Brass Caption Supervisor: John was a performing member in the Minnesota Brass tuba section for five seasons (2010-2014), receiving recognition for excellence in both visual performance and musicianship. In the summer of 2018, he was an instructor for the MBI SoundSport ensemble. John is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, where he was a member of the Pride of Minnesota, and earned his degree in Music Education. He has been teaching competitive parade and field marching bands since 2007. He previously taught at Andover High School and was the Head Director of the Marching Band. John is currently the Band Director at South St. Paul Secondary.
Visual Caption Supervisor: Gretchen began her career in the marching arts as a mellophone player for Eden Prairie High School from 2007-2009. She then marched for Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps in 2010,2011, and 2016. She also marched mellophone for the world class Santa Clara Vanguard in 2012. Although she has a hornline performance background, she is eager to move ahead with her career as a visual instructor and designer in the indoor drumline and summer drum corps activities. In the past, she has worked with the Eden Prairie High School Eagle Band and is currently the assistant band director at Park Center High School. She is also spending her second season with Grove Area Percussion in Maple Grove, MN. This will be her second year on staff with Minnesota Brass.
Percussion Caption Supervisor: Joe has been an active percussion educator and performer in the Twin Cities area since 2009. He has instructed and arranged for marching band and indoor percussion at Rosemount HS, Eden Prairie HS, 728 Cadets, River Valley Percussion Theatre, Blaine HS, Armstrong HS, among many more. At the independent level he has been a snare drum technician with Minnesota Brass Indoor, percussion caption head/arranger for Chops Drum and Bugle Corps, as well as battery coordinator for Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps. Joe holds an Associate in Fine Arts/Music degree from Normandale Community College and is currently studying at the University of Minnesota to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education.