Executive Director

Chris Judd

With hometown roots in Texas and Virginia, Chris Judd has settled into his new home here in Minnesota. Chris graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Music Business and Composition from McNally Smith College of Music. He continues to live out his passions by educating and composing for marching percussion ensembles throughout the state of Minnesota over the past 10 + years. With his career focused on Sales and Project Management, Chris is motivated to bring a positive and fresh approach to the Executive Director position within Minnesota Brass. He is driven to enhance the winter percussion and winter color guard ensembles for years to come. Lastly, with a two-year absence due to Covid -19, Chris aspires to bring back a summer ensemble that honors the history of Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps over the past 75 years to develop a new beginning for the current and future generations.

Ensemble Director

Jake Esterberg

Jake Esterberg is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, holding a Bachelor of Music Education. He now serves as the Elementary Band Director in Waconia, Minnesota where he teaches 5th Grade Beginning Band at the three Elementary Schools.  Jake is the Director of MBI Indoor Percussion and the Program Coordinator for the Colt Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps.

Jake’s marching experience consists of 5 years of Drum Corps (Govenaires Drum and Bugle Corps, Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps, and Colts Drum and Bugle Corps), 3 years of Indoor Drumline (MBI Indoor Percussion), and 2 years of College Marching Band with the Blugold Marching Band where he served as the Drumline Captain and Percussion Arranger.

As a Marching Arts instructor and percussion arranger, Jake has taken a variety of roles with groups across Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa, including the Colt Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps (2019 DCI Open Class Finalists), MBI Indoor Percussion, the Blugold Marching Band, Minnetonka High School (YIM Outstanding Percussion 2A 2016, 2017, 2018), 728 Cadets/River Valley Percussion Theatre, Big River Motion of Menomonie High School (MPA Winds Regional A Champion 2018) and Baldwin-Woodville High School (WSMA Class A Champion, Outstanding Percussion 2019).

Jake is very excited to be back with MBI in a new capacity for the 2022 season!

Program Coordinator & Arranger

Joel Matuzak

Joel Matuzak is a graduate of St. Cloud State University with a Degree in Music Education. He has been the Director of Instrumental Music at Highland Park Senior High School in Saint Paul, Minnesota since 1997. Joel has been the Program Coordinator for Minnesota Brass since 2002 and Percussion Caption head since 1998.  During his time with MBI, the corps has won four Drum Corps Associates Percussion titles, been a Silver Medalist five times, and was the 2011 DCA Open Class Champion.  Joel is the Design Coordinator for the MBI winter percussion ensemble, an Independent Open Winter Guard International 2011 Silver Medalist and 2012 WGI World Class finalist.   Joel is also the Director of the Sköl Line, a drumline for the Minnesota Vikings NFL franchise, and the Stickhandlers Minnesota Wild Drumline.
Joel 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. 

Front Ensemble Arranger

Matt Hahn

Matt Hahn is an active designer and percussion educator in the Dayton, OH area. Matt is currently the Front Ensemble and Sound Designer for the Madison Scouts Drum And Bugle Corps. In 2012, Matt founded Resonant Music Design, a company specializing in marching arts design and education of all kinds.

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 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.

Battery Coordinator & Arranger

Joe Jaeger

Joe has been an active music educator and performer throughout the Twin Cities area since 2009.  He has experience instructing, arranging, and directing for marching band and indoor percussion at Rosemount HS, Eden Prairie HS, 728 Cadets, River Valley Percussion Theatre, and many more.  At the independent level, Joe has found a home at Minnesota Brass, consistently working as a snare tech and battery coordinator for the summer and winter ensembles.  He has also worked as a snare technician with the Seattle Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps, and the percussion caption head with Chops Drum and Bugle Corps. 

Joe studied music at Normandale Community College, and finished his music education degree at the University of Minnesota.  Currently, he is the middle school band director and elementary music teacher at Prairie View Elementary and Middle School in Otsego, MN. 

Joe’s marching experience includes 6 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), MBI Indoor Percussion (2010-2013).  Other professional performance experiences include the Minnesota Vikings Skol Line, and various rock, funk, hip-hop, and jazz groups around the area.

Front Ensemble Co-Coordinator

Alex St. Clair

Alex St. Clair started his marching career at El Dorado High School Marching Band in 2010 on baritone saxophone. In 2012, he transferred to South St. Paul Secondary and very quickly found a home in their winter drumline with the front ensemble. He has since marched in the front ensemble at MBI Indoor (2014-2017), Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps (2014-2017), and Minnesota Brass Sound Sport (2018-2019). The MBI organization has supported and shaped Alex into the hard-working and passionate educator he is now. Since 2018, he has been teaching the front ensemble at MBI Indoor and hopes to give back the same way his instructors did for him. Alex is also the front ensemble coordinator and arranger at South St. Paul Drumline where he’s been since 2014, the front ensemble coordinator and arranger for the Andover High School Marching Band since 2014, and a front ensemble instructor at Irondale High School since 2020.

Front Ensemble Co-Coordinator

Erin VanBurkleo

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 as front ensemble section leader from 2008-2014. Erin has taught as a front ensemble instructor at Eagan High School’s winter drumline from 2004-2013 and 2020; River City Rhythm 2011-2012; Eden Prairie High School winter drumline from 2013-2019; Rosemount High School marching band since 2005 and Minnesota Brass Indoor since 2013. Erin currently serves as First Vice President for the Minnesota Percussion Association Board of Directors, is a Minnesota Master Naturalist, and a graduate of St. Olaf college with a B.A. in History and Classics.

Visual Designer and Coordinator

Tyler Shipe

Visual Designer & Choreographer

Natalie Sterner

Natalie Sterner is excited to return to 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 her teaching style and technique. 

Natalie also brings to MBI extensive teaching experience including Rosemount High School competitive fall and winter programs since 2016 and 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 her experience to drumline at MBI. 

Natalie holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and works in strategic sourcing for a global manufacturer. 

Batterie Staff

Zach Fitzgibbon

Zach Fitzgibbon is a freelance instructor, designer, and arranger in the greater Twin Cities area.  Zach began his marching career at Eden Prairie High School in both the Summer and Fall programs (2011 – 2014), then later went on to march with Minnesota Brass (2014), the Madison Scouts (2015), the Cadets (2016), the Bluecoats (2017 & 2018), MBI Indoor Percussion (2015 – 2018), and ended his career with a first time world championship as a member of Broken City (2019).  As an educator, he has worked with the Eden Prairie High School Drumline since 2016 as a Snare Technician, and now currently holds the titles of Assistant Director, Battery Arranger, Visual Designer, and Ensemble Coordinator.  Zach has also served as a Battery Technician for Champlin Park High School in 2016, the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps in 2019 & 2020, and is also the Battery Arranger for the Andover High School fall marching band.  He credits his strong career in the marching percussion world to the world-class instruction of those like Joe Asleson, Colin McNutt, Jacob Gall, Ryan Kilgore, Roger Carter, Ryan Anderson, Mike Davis, Joe Woodie, and Mike Jackson.  In addition to the DCI / WGI circuits, Zach has spent several years as a member of the Minnesota Vikings Sköl Line, as well as with the Pride of Minnesota Marching Band during his undergraduate studies.  He currently lives in Minneapolis near Huntington Bank Stadium, where he enjoys running up and down the Mississippi River.

Batterie Staff

Deryck Lawson

Deryck started his marching career back in 2014 with Burnsville HS, from there, he graduated in 2015 and went on to march with groups such as the Govenaires and River City Rhythm over the next few years until finally aging out with Matrix in 2019. 

Deryck is looking forward to year 2 with MN brass and couldn’t be more excited to get the season underway.

Batterie Staff

Vlad Boz

Vlad is a proud alumnus of South St. Paul High School, where he participated in the marching band and indoor drumline 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). He has been teaching South St. Paul High School since 2009, Rosemount High School since 2011 and Minnesota Brass since 2010, in addition to having taught several other local groups in the past. And he’s been president of the Minnesota Percussion Association since 2015. Vlad has a degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota and works in marketing and communications. In his spare time, he enjoys petting strangers’ dogs and writing his bio.

Batterie Staff

Sheldon Peterson

Sheldon has been an active member of the marching arts community in the Twin Cities area since 2008. His first steps outside of his high school marching program were with Minnesota Brass Indoor in 2011 and Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps the same year, earning a DCA Championship win and a percussion caption award in 2013. He currently performs with the Minnesota Vikings Sköl Line in which he’s been a member since 2015. Sheldon has instructed as a quad tech at various high schools and organizations throughout the area. Among these include his alma mater Champlin Park HS, Baldwin-Woodville HS, Phoenix Drumline, River Valley Percussion Theatre, Chops Percussion Indoor, Chops Drum and Bugle Corps, and currently Eden Prairie HS. Outside of the activity, Sheldon studied CAD Technology and Mechanical Engineering at Hennepin Technical College and Iowa State University and currently works as a Mechanical Technician at a local industrial automation distributor.

Batterie Staff

Connor Woitte

Connor began his marching career in 2011 with the Eden Prairie Marching Band. From there, he went on to perform with MBI indoor in 2016 and 2018 and the Oregon Crusaders 2018 Drum Corps as a bass drummer.

He began his teaching career with Eden Prairie High School after graduating in 2015. He also taught the Menomonie High School indoor ensembles from 2016-2020. Connor continues to teach at Eden Prairie HS, and returns for his 2nd season teaching the MBI bassline.

Connor is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Stout where he received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He currently works as a software engineer for a student information software company.

Front Ensemble Instructor

Emily Ruetz

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 front ensemble at Irondale HS and MBI Indoor. She is also the current chair of the board for MBI. Outside of MBI, Emily is the Programs Specialist for the National States Geographic Information Council.

Front Ensemble Instructor

Sophie Koehler

Sophie has been involved in music since a young age. She started her music journey playing violin and piano at the age of six and began studying percussion in 5th grade. Sophie graduated from St. Olaf College where she studied orchestral percussion under the guidance of Dave Hagedorn while pursuing her music education degree. She played in the band, orchestra, and percussion ensemble there. Currently, Sophie teaches elementary music at Orono Intermediate School. 

In addition to her classical music experiences, Sophie participated in the marching arts with the Eden Prairie Eagle Marching Band (2012-15), Eden Prairie Winter Drumline (2013-16), and the Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps (2016-17).

Audio Engineer

Jared Olson

Jared (he/him) is excited to serve his first year as Audio Engineer for MBI Indoor Percussion. He also serves as Director of the Eden Prairie HS Winter Drumline program as well as Percussion Caption Head/Front Ensemble Arranger for the EPHS Eagle Band. Past programs he has worked with include Champlin Park HS (MN) and Valley HS (IA).

Jared’s marching percussion experience as a performer includes time with MBI Indoor and Drum and Bugle Corps, the Madison Scouts, and Twin Cities Area Independent indoor drumline. 

Jared is an information technology professional by trade in the Twin Cities area and resides in Minneapolis with his partner Cristina and their 2 cats, Daisy and Kirby.