Katy Matuzak


Katy Matuzak will continue to serve as Director for MBI Indoor Percussion in 2019. She performed with the Minnesota Brass horn line in 1989 and 1992 and with Phantom Regiment in 1990 and 1991. 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.

Joel Matuzak

Creative Coordinator/Design

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 program 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.

Matt Hahn

Front Ensemble Design

Matt Hahn is an active designer and percussion educator in the Dayton, OH area. He is currently the program coordinator and music designer for the Lebanon High School marching band and indoor percussion ensemble from Lebanon, OH. In 2012, Matt founded Resonant Music Design, a company specializing in marching arts design and education of all kinds. You can view samples of his work at www.resonantmusicdesign.com. Matt is currently the Front Ensemble and Sound Designer for the Madison Scouts Drum And Bugle Corps.

Matt was a member of Rhythm X from 2005 - 2008 and was a staff member from 2009 - 2015. Matt also was a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps from 2006 - 2007 in the front ensemble, and was a staff member from 2009 - 2012. Matt graduated from Miami University (OH) in 2008 with a Bachelor's of Arts in Music Education degree.

In 2013, Matt was elected to the Board of Directors of the Mid East Performance Association (MEPA) circuit and was recently elected as Vice President of Percussion for the circuit.

Matt is a proud sponsor of Innovative Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, and Evans/Planet Waves products. He currently lives in Springboro, OH with his wife Sara and his son Micah.

Tyler Shipe

Visual Design

Tyler has over 15 years of experience as a visual instructor/designer and is best known for his work with Irondale High School and River City Rhythm Drum & Bugle Corps. Tyler's work as co-director and visual designer for the Irondale HS Drumline has led to 4 consecutive WGI World Championship Finals appearances, WGI PSA Silver Medalists in 2018, and several top finishes in Visual and Effect Visual. Tyler is also the owner of HiFi Visual, a Minneapolis based marching arts company. He is an alumnus of Irondale HS and marched mellophone with the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps in 2004 & 2005 and served as drum major in 2006 & 2007. Outside of the marching world, Tyler is a home mortgage consultant for Wells Fargo. He and his wife, Bre, reside in Northeast Minneapolis.

Mike Ferry

Ensemble Coordinator/Design

Since aging out of junior corps in 2003, Mike has found a home within the Minnesota Brass organization. He played snare drum in the 2004 DCA champion percussion section and joined the education staff in 2005. In 2008, Mike became a charter member of MBI Indoor Percussion staff, and has experienced the rise through WGI’s Independent Open class circuit, leading to an Open Class silver medal in 2012, as well as MBI’s first World Class finals appearance in 2013. Outside of MBI, Mike has also designed, written, and taught for numerous high schools in the area, including Irondale, Forest Lake, and Eagan. He maintains a strong passion for personal mastery and deliberate practice, and is very excited to be working with MBI's world-class organization again this year.

During the day Mike is the Education Sales Manager at MakeMusic Inc., the creator of industry leading music software Finale and SmartMusic. He currently resides in Woodbury with his wife Shelby and sons Joseph and Nathan.

Joe Jaeger

Battery Coordinator/Design

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.
Joe’s marching experience includes 5 years of drum corps and 4 years of indoor percussion: Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps (2009, 2010, 2013, 2016), Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps (2011, 2012), and Minnesota Brass Indoor (2010-2013). Other performance experiences include: Minnesota Vikings Skol Line, UMN Percussion Ensemble, Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, and various rock, funk, hip hop and jazz groups around the area.

Chris Judd

Front Ensemble Coordinator/Design

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. Joe’s marching experience includes 5 years of drum corps and 4 years of indoor percussion: Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps (2009, 2010, 2013, 2016), Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps (2011, 2012), and Minnesota Brass Indoor (2010-2013). Other performance experiences include: Minnesota Vikings Skol Line, UMN Percussion Ensemble, Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, and various rock, funk, hip hop and jazz groups around the area.

Natalie Sterner

Visual and Movement Design

Natalie Sterner is excited to join MBI Indoor Drumline as a visual and movement designer. Natalie has been performing since 2003 with multiple dance ensembles and has professionally studied ballet, pointe, modern, African, jazz, tap, and lyrical. She has also marched with the Rosemount High School color guard, MBI Winter Guard, and Lux Independent Winter Guard. She studied Dance Movement Therapy at University of Wisconsin-Madison and applies that knowledge to all the groups she teaches.

Natalie has been teaching color guard at Rosemount High School since 2016 and at River City Rhythm Winter Guard since its inaugural season in 2017. She has served as a designer, choreographer, equipment technician, movement specialist, and winter guard director. She is particularly known for her emphasis on movement, establishing movement programs and building technique for groups that have both experienced and novice dancers, and is looking forward to applying those techniques at MBI

Vlad Boz

Battery Technician

Vlad has been teaching percussion in Minnesota since 2003, having worked with the Champlin Park High School Marching Band and Indoor Drumline (2003–2008) and the Eden Prairie High School Marching Band (2008–2010). He currently works with the Rosemount High School Marching Band, where he started in 2011; the Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps and Indoor Drumline, where he started in 2010; and the South St. Paul High School Drumline, where he started in 2009. Vlad has served on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Percussion Association since 2010 and is the current president of the board.
He is a proud alumnus of South St. Paul High School, where he participated in the marching band and indoor drumline from 1997–2002. He also marched with the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps (2001–2002), the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps (2004–2006), and the Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps (2003, 2007–2008). Vlad has a degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota and works in editing and Web site communications. In his spare time, he enjoys petting strangers' dogs and writing his bio.

Jordan Jergenson

Battery Technician

Excited and eager, Jordan enters his 3rd winter teaching cymbals with Minnesota Brass Indoor. In addition to MBI, Jordan also teaches at Irondale HS, Rosemount HS and Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps. He also does consultation work with various high schools. Jordan has been teaching marching percussion since 2010. He has taught clinics and various groups in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Some of those groups include: Buffalo HS, Osseo HS, Baldwin-Woodville HS, Park Center HS, Champlain Park HS, Phoenix, River City Rhythm Indoor and River City Rhythm Drum & Bugle Corps.
Aside from teaching marching percussion, Jordan works for the Minneapolis Park Board. Jordan graduated from Park Center and studied Political Science and Behavior Analysis at the University of Minnesota.

Jack Johnson

Battery Technician

Jack started his marching career in 2011 at Waseca High School under the tutelage of Matt Gullickson. He then went on to march River City Rhythm Indoor (2015), Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps (2015), Minnesota Brass Indoor (2016-2018), Pacific Crest (2017), and aged out with Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps (2018).

As an instructor, Jack has worked with several groups in the area Including, Waseca High School (2015-2017), Eastview High School (2016-present) and Baldwin-Woodville High School (2018-present), Colt Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps (2019-present), and will be joining the percussion staff with Gold Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2020 season.

Jack is the percussion arranger for the Blugold Marching Band (UW – Eau Claire) and working towards a double major in Music Liberal Arts and Organizational Communication from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.

Deryck Lawson

Battery Technician

Deryck began his marching career back in 2014-2015 at burnsville high school. From there he went on to march with the Govenaires from 2015-2017 and then with River City Rhythm from 2017-2018. He finished off his marching career aging out with Matrix World 2019. Deryck currently teaches at Burnsville High School and Hastings High School. This will be his first year on staff at Minnesota Brass.

Zach Church

Battery Technician

Zach Church has been a part of MPA and the Minnesota marching activity since 2009, bringing a decade of experience from marching with: River Valley Percussion Theatre (2009-2012), Minnesota Brass indoor ('13, '14, '16, '17) Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps (2012-2017) and the Minnesota Vikings Skol Line (2018-present). Zach has also instructed a few groups around the state: Grove area Percussion (2017-2018), Blaine High School Marching Band (2019-present) and Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps (2018).

Jake Esterberg

Battery Technician

Jake Esterberg is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire holding a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. He now serves as the new Band Director at Unity Middle School in Balsam Lake, WI.
As a Marching Arts Instructor and Percussion Arranger, Jake has taken a variety of roles with groups across Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa including Percussion Caption Head with the Colt Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps (2019 DCI Open Class Finalist), MBI Indoor Percussion, the Blugold Marching Band, Minnetonka High School (YIM Outstanding Percussion 2AA 2016, 17, 18), 728 Cadets/River Valley Percussion Theater (Multiple MPA Championships), Big River Motion of Menomonie HS (MPA Winds Regional A Champion 2018), Baldwin-Woodville HS, Cumberland HS and River Falls HS.
Jake is very excited to be back with Minnesota Brass for the 2020 season!

Connor Woitte

Battery Technician

Connor's marching career began at Eden Prairie High School and continued with MBI Indoor Percussion in 2016 and 2018. He also was a member of the 2018 Oregon Crusaders bass line. Connor currently teaches at Menomonie high school and Eden Prairie high schools. This will be his first season as a member of the staff at Minnesota Brass.

Erin VanBurkleo

Front Ensemble Supervisor

Erin VanBurkleo started her percussion career with the Eagan High School winter drumline in the front ensemble in 2001. After graduating from Eagan, she performed with The Academy drum and bugle corps in the front ensemble in 2007. Starting in 2005, Erin performed with the Minnesota Brass drum corps and continued in 2006, and from 2008-2014. Erin has taught as a front ensemble instructor at Eagan High School’s winter drumline from 2004-2013; River City Rhythm 2011-2012; Eden Prairie High School winter drumline since 2013; Rosemount High School marching band since 2005 and Minnesota Brass Indoor since 2013. Erin offers private lessons for keyboard percussion and is a graduate of St. Olaf college with a B.A. in History and Classics.

Alex St. Clair

Front Ensemble Technician

Alex has been involved with the Minnesota Brass organization for the past five years. This includes four seasons as a marching member with the Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps (2014-2017); one marching season with the Minnesota Brass Soundsport (2018); and four marching seasons with the Minnesota Brass Indoor Drumline (2014-2017), as well as a fifth season on staff (2018).

Before that, his marching experience started at El Dorado High School in El Paso, Texas where he spent two fall seasons on baritone saxophone (2010 & 2011). Then, after moving to Minnesota, he marched two winter seasons with the South St. Paul High School Indoor Drumline in the front ensemble (2012 & 2013). After graduating, Alex returned to teach at the South St. Paul Indoor Drumline and Andover High School Marching Band where he is currently the front ensemble coordinator and arranger for both groups.

Ellie Mehr

Front Ensemble Technician

Ellie has been involved in the Minnesota percussion community as a performer and an instructor since 2011. Over the years, she has been a member of several groups including Eagan High School’s Indoor Drumline (2011-2014); River City Rhythm Indoor (2015-2016); Minnesota Brass Indoor (2017-2018); Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps (2015);and Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps (2016). Ellie served as the front ensemble section leader for Minnesota Brass Indoor in 2018.

Ellie has also been an active percussion instructor within Minnesota. She has taught at Eastview High School (2015-2017) and is currently the front ensemble instructor at Irondale High School (2015-present). This will be Ellie’s first season teaching with Minnesota Brass and she is really looking forward to it.

Ellie graduated from the University of Minnesota, School of Music in 2018 with a degree in Music Therapy and an emphasis in percussion. Ellie is currently working at a music therapy private practice and enjoys using music to achieve non-musical goals with pre-kindergarten aged children and children with Autism and other developmental disabilities.

Faith Haley

Front Ensemble Technician

Entering her first year as instructional staff with Minnesota Brass, Faith began her independent marching career as a performer with the Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps (2015-2016). Since then she has gone on to march with The Academy Drum & Bugle Corps (2018) and River City Rhythm indoor drumline (2014-2018). Having just moved back from California after receiving a silver medal in PIO with Pulse Percussion, Faith is excited to grow the Minnesota marching arts community. She’s dedicated to cultivating an environment where students feel valued yet are challenged to achieve at their highest level.

Emily Ruetz

Front Ensemble Technician

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 fall marching band at Irondale HS for three seasons; this is her first season as a staff member for MBI.
She began her marching experience in 2010 at Irondale High School, and performed with the fall marching band and the winter drumline there all throughout her high school years.
Emily is a current MGIS student at the University of Minnesota and works for the Borchert Map Library there. She also works for the State of Minnesota in the Geospatial Information Office (MnGeo).

Alli Wilmes

Front Ensemble Technician

Alli Wilmes is a band director in Waconia, Minnesota, where she teaches concert band, jazz band, marching band, percussion ensemble, and small group lessons for grades 6-12. During the fall marching band season, she also works with the front ensemble at Eastview High School.

Alli is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she studied Music Education. She served as the principal percussionist in the UWEC Wind Symphony, played vibraphone with Jazz Ensemble I and II, and played bass drum in the Blugold Marching Band. She also performed with the UWEC Percussion Ensemble at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in 2014.

Alli was a front ensemble member of the Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps (vibraphone) in 2015 and Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps in 2016 (marimba) and 2017 (xylophone/glockenspiel).

Alli was on staff with MBI Indoor for the 2018 season and is excited to return this year!

Bridger Herman

Front Ensemble Technician

Bridger performed with MBI Indoor in 2015, 2016, and 2018, in addition to the 2016 summer corps and the 2018 and 2019 SoundSport ensembles. Bridger has worked with MBI and Irondale High School as an instructor and sound designer. He is currently working towards his Ph.D. in Data Visualization at the University of Minnesota, where he is also a teaching assistant and a student researcher. In his free time, Bridger enjoys spending time outside hiking, biking, and running.--

Wyatt Martin

Front Ensemble Technician

Wyatt has been involved in the Minnesota percussion scene since 2013, and has been playing drumset since 2006. He performed with the indoor group during the 2018 and 2019 seasons, and also participated in the 2018 and 2019 SoundSport ensembles. Wyatt also plays drumset outside the marching community, and intends to form his own band soon. Wyatt is currently studying Communications, Political Science, and English Literature at the U of M.